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The City of St. Cloud owns, operates and maintains 3,400 hydrants. Hydrants are inspected every other year by the Public Utilities Department to ensure reliable operation. The greatest benefit of comprehensive hydrant inspection and maintenance program is reliable operation of any hydrant needed for a fire emergency.
During this time, hydrants will be flushed and tested to ensure adequate flow and pressure is available for fire protection and to identify any malfunctions of the hydrant and related valves. Other benefits of regular flushing is removal of sediment from pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution system.
While hydrants are being flushed, the water in your home may briefly have a brownish-rust colored appearance, due to the high velocity flow of the water in the mainline. There is no health hazard associated with discolored water, and the water is safe for consumption. Running your faucets (starting with outside spigots) for a few minutes will help clear up any discoloration. Avoid using your dishwasher or washing machine and turning on household faucets while City crews are flushing in your area.