City Begins Fire Hydrant Flushing

November 6, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville has contracted with Rogers hydrant service to flush fire hydrants. The project began Monday, November 5th and will continue for the next two weeks from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Although the water is safe to use, consumers are urged to run cold water taps in their homes or businesses for a few minutes before drinking or doing laundry to clear any discoloration in the water while this hydrant flushing operation is underway,” said Kevin Robinson, City Public Works Director during Monday night’s meeting of the Mayor and Aldermen.

The annual flushing of water mains via fire hydrants is a standard maintenance process that improves water quality at the tap by removing accumulated minerals, sediment and tuberculation in the lines (a buildup common in iron pipes that reduces its ability to transmit water). This also helps identify hydrants in need of repair.

The flushing process can cause low water pressure and frequently disturbs the accumulated minerals and sediment in the water mains. The quick release of water from a hydrant causes them to dissolve and temporarily discolor the water delivered to homes and businesses.

The fire hydrant flushing only affects the City of Smithville and its water customers.

Meanwhile Robinson said a metal cover has been placed over a water main on Broad Street at the intersection with Mountain Street. “That’s where we repaired a water main and I am trying to negotiate with the state as to how they want to repair it. The way they want to repair it is not feasible for the city. I have talked with the state and they are trying to come up with another solution,” said Robinson.