Why does the Fire Department flush fire hydrants?

Flushing the water system on a routine basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed. The process of periodically "flushing" fire hydrants, however, is an important preventive maintenance activity in the City of Batavia.

Although it may appear to be a waste of water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers. This process also assures that fire hydrants are functioning properly in case of an emergency.

As a result of the flushing procedure, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work area may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and precipitates and does not affect the safety of the water.

If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets for a minute or two.