Hydrant flushing in the city began Sept. 19 and will continue through Oct. 14.

Hydrant flushing in the city began Sept. 19 and will continue through Oct. 14.

Canal Winchester's Division of Water flushes fire hydrants around the community twice a year. This process enhances water quality by flushing sediment from main line pipes. Flushing also verifies proper hydrant operation and maintains firefighting capabilities.

During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may be discolored. This discoloration poses no health threat. It may be a few hours before water is completely clear.

Residents are advised to wait until water runs clear from the tap before doing laundry and to begin with a load of dark items before washing lighter colors.

For more information, call the Division of Water at (614) 837-5623.

The Canal Winchester Street Department has scheduled its 2011 leaf pickup dates. Pickup begins Oct. 3 and continues through Dec. 9.

Trucks will be out as needed between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. This service is free to city residents.

Only leaves raked between the curb and sidewalk will be removed. Sticks, grass trimmings and other yard waste will not be collected. Residents are asked to avoid covering storm drains.

Regular yard waste will continue to be picked up by Waste Management during scheduled trash-collection times.

The Canal Winchester Storm Water Department will sponsor its fourth annual tire sweep and creek cleanup along Walnut Creek from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

City staff members will work with volunteers to remove tires in the Walnut Creek basin from Indian Trail Elementary School to Walnut Woods Metro Park at Richardson Road.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Metro Parks office at 6723 Lithopolis Road. Those who have a canoe or small boat can enter the stream at Richardson Road, Lithopolis Road or streamside behind Indian Trail Elementary School.

For more information, call Dick Miller, Canal Winchester urban forester, at (614) 834-5100, extension 110.