Hydrant flushing in Columbus is set to begin in the coming days. Columbus City Utilities says that staff will be flushing hydrants throughout the city from September 10th through September 13th.
Flushing is set to begin on the following days:
Monday, Sept. 10 – Everything West of Haw Creek to the White River and South of U.S. 31 (National Road) to Water Street, beginning at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Everything East of Haw Creek to U.S. 31 and all portions of the city West of White River and Flatrock River (Woodside, Tipton Lakes, Brookside, etc.), beginning at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 – Everything East of Haw Creek and North of National road (Everroad Park East, Flintwood, Hiker Trace, etc.), beginning at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13 – Everything West of Haw Creek and North of U.S. 31 (Forest Park, Everroad Park West, Park Forest, etc.), beginning at 4 p.m.
The purpose of the flushing is to remove iron and manganese sedimentation from the water mains, say utilities staff. This sedimentation can cause discoloration of clothing. Utilities customers may experience some discoloration of their water in certain sections of the city during flushing. It is recommended that residents of the area being flushed avoid washing laundry the evening of the flushing as well as the next morning.
Drivers are asked to use caution when approaching flushing crews. If the water spout obscures your vision of the roadway beyond the hydrants, you should obey the directions of the utility employee and wait for the flush to end. Parents are asked to please keep children from playing in the water flows and around flushing crews.