Hoquiam to flush fire hydrants

The is going to be flushing their fire hydrants.

The city says the flushing is scheduled to begin this week and will continue until June 17.

The distribution system contains 61 miles of pipe and it is expected to take approximately one month to complete the flushing.

Flushing hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The city says water customers may notice discolored water or a change in water pressure when flushing is conducted in their area.

When flushing is taking place, they recommend that customers check to ensure tap water is running clear before using it for drinking, cooking or clothes washing.

Customers who experience some coloring or sediment in their water should let the water flow from their taps for a short time (5-15 minutes) to flush and clear their plumbing.

Minerals and other materials that accumulate in the lines are removed by flushing.

This material is not harmful to your health but it can temporarily cause discolored water.

Flushing activities often involve release of large volumes of water from fire hydrants.

Residents may notice this water flowing along the gutter line of the street and entering storm drains.

The Public Works Department established the preventative maintenance program to annually clean waterlines and check the operation of fire hydrants throughout the city.

If you have questions or concerns about the flushing you can contact Al Telecky at (360) 538-3966 or atelecky@cityofhoquiam.com

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