According to Water Superintendent Todd Gardner, there are three benefits to flushing fire hydrants. The action exercises the hydrants to keep them in good functioning order and to ensure fittings are working properly. Iron and other deposits are flushed out of lines that may build up over time and stagnant water is removing from areas that may not have a high volume of use.
If you turn on your water at home and see discolored water, Gardner suggests letting the water run for just a little bit until the water runs clear.
The water department will be flushing hydrants during the day this week.