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Litchfield to Begin Flushing Hydrants Monday

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:52:19 CDT

Litchfield Fire Chief Kevin Schott has announced that the fire department will begin flushing hydrants throughout the city on Monday, August 13.

Schott says the department flushes hydrants for many reasons, including to check that the hydrant is working properly and that no caps are frozen shut. He also says that hydrants are lubricated during the inspection with a food grade lubricant to make sure they will open and close when needed.

The hydrants' flow pressure will be monitored and recorded, and the data gathered will help determine the health of the water distribution system. The flow data is then used to color code the individual hydrants for quick recognition by the firefighters to show potential flow in gallons per minute.

The flushing process will begin on Monday, and will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day through Thursday, and then will be done from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Schott says the flushing procedure may cause cloudy water, but he reminds citizens that it is still safe to drink. Anyone who has questions or concerns about hydrant flushing may call the Litchfield Fire Department at 324-8171.


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