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Two Auto-flushing Devices Will Begin on North End of Town

The City of Canton Water Division will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program this week. The program will run for the next 4 to 6 weeks.   Hydrant flushing will occur Monday through Friday. The first areas to be flushed will be the dead end areas of the City. General hydrant flushing locations will be posted weekly on the City’s website.

The Flushing will be done manually and with the use of an auto flushing device. The auto flushing device will operate between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am.

There are approximately 700 public and private hydrants tested and maintained in the city of Canton. There may be a slight drop in pressure or a presence of discoloration from the minerals and sediment that are being flushed out of the system. Service should not be disrupted during the flushing process. The City urges all residents to use caution while traveling in areas of water accumulation during this program.

Some Frequently asked questions

How often should a fire hydrant be flushed

 Fire hydrants should be flushed at least annually to verify operation, address repairs, and verify reliability.

Can you shower during hydrant flushing

During the flushing process, water customers may experience fluctuations in pressure and discolored water. Although the water does not pose a health risk, it is recommended to avoid drinking the water until it runs clear. It is ok to use the water for showering, bathing, and toilet flushing. Do not use for laundry.

Why does hydrant flushing cause brown water

Sometimes hydrant flushing can make the water temporarily appear rust-colored because the iron and other mineral deposits in the water mains get stirred up. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water. Water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, however it may stain laundry.

If you have any questions, please contact the Water Treatment Plant at 309-647-0060.