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  1. 7/8/2016 WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THE FIRE HYDRANTS?
  2. Have you ever been driving down your street and noticed Platte Canyon workers pouring water from fire hydrants into the streets?

     

    While it may appear that water is being wasted, the annual process of flushing all fire hydrants is an important and necessary preventative activity that maintains and preserves the integrity of the entire water system and helps deliver the highest quality water to our customers.

     

    Flushing the water system via fire hydrants removes stale water and sediment from water mains and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed.  Platte Canyon maintains approximately 80 miles of water mains and 491 fire hydrants throughout it’s service area each year.

     

    During, and for a short period following flushing operations, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work might experience a temporary discoloration of their water.  This is primarily because of harmless silt which does not affect the safety of the water.  A brief waiting period, combined with running your cold water faucets for a minute or two will assist in returning the water to its normal-clear condition.

     

    If you have any questions or concerns about the District’s annual flushing program, please contact Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor at 303-979-2333.