Madison Fire Rescue will begin flushing fire hydrants on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This process normally takes up to two weeks to complete depending on department call volume.
The department does not flush hydrants during the weekends or after 5 p.m.
Hydrant flushing signs will be posted in the areas where flushing is occurring.
Fire Chief Bruce Jordan says the department flushes hydrants for many reasons:
It flushes out the rust and debris that accumulates in the city's water system during the year. The rust and debris could cause potential problems if not flushed;
Flushing ensures that the hydrant is working properly and lets the department know if there are problems in its operation, such as leaking, not opening or closing, etc. This ensures sure that the hydrants around the city can be depended on during a crisis;
and the flushing of hydrants is required by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) to maintain the fire department ISO rating.
Residents will need to let their water run if they start seeing rusty or dark colored water and be cautious when washing clothes, especially lighter colored clothes or whites.
If the water does not clear up within 15 to 30 minutes, the resident should call Madison's City Hall at (850) 973-5081.