Fire department will flush hydrants April 15-26
The Upper Arlington Fire Division will flush hydrants this month to clear lines of debris and check system readiness.
Fire officials have scheduled hydrant flushing to take place citywide, as well as in its service areas in the western portion of Clinton Township, April 15-26.
Prior to the work, which will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., signs will be posted in affected neighborhoods to alert residents when area hydrants will be flushed.
As of last week, flushing was scheduled April 15-16 on Henderson Road, south to and including McCoy Road from Riverside Drive to Kenny Road. This includes both sides of Henderson Road, west of Stonehaven Drive, Tarrington Woods, Horizon Drive, and both sides of McCoy Road.
Flushing is scheduled April 17-18 south of McCoy Road, up to but not including Fishinger Road from Riverside Drive to the eastern city limits.
Hydrant flushing is scheduled April 19 and 22 on Fishinger Road south to and including Zollinger Road from Riverside Drive to the eastern city limits. This includes both sides of Fishinger Road and both sides of Zollinger Road.
April 23-24, the work will take place south of Zollinger Road, up to and including Lane Avenue from Riverside Drive to North Star Road. This would include both sides of Lane Avenue.
April 25-26, flushing is slated south of Lane Avenue, and it will be conducted in the western portion of Clinton Township on April 27.
Although water service won't be interrupted, UAFD Public Information Officer Dan Kochensparger said residents should be mindful of sign postings because water discoloration likely will occur for up to 48 hours after hydrants are flushed.
"An unfortunate side effect of flushing is the stirring up of sediment and rust that has accumulated within the system," Kochensparger said. "This can find its way into the water lines that serve residents and businesses.
"It isn't dangerous, but can stain and make a mess of clothing," he said. "Our best advice is to avoid doing laundry the day of and day after we flush hydrants in your neighborhood."
Following the 48-hour flushing period, Kochensparger added, it's a good idea to open the valves on all the household sinks, showers, tubs and washing machines to make sure the water is running clear.
"A good way to determine this is to run water into a clear glass and let it sit for five minutes," he said. "If it looks clear after this, you should be good to go.
"If you accidentally get stains on your laundry, make sure to keep all items wet, flush the lines until clear, then rewash. If that still doesn't remove the stains, you may have to obtain a rust remover from a grocery or hardware store to add with your laundry detergent."
Hydrant flushing is conducted annually in Upper Arlington by local firefighters. As such, the city doesn't incur expenses for the work.
It's done, Kochensparger said, to remove sediment that builds up over the course of a year and to ensure hydrants are in working order.
"The freeze-thaw period during central Ohio's winters can lead to mechanical problems with the water system that aren't always evident," he said. "For example, the hydrant operating nut that we use to turn them on and off may become inoperable due to rust, debris or old age, and we don't want the first time we notice this to be when a building is on fire.
"Our biggest fear is that we will arrive at a fire and not have the ability to establish a consistent and strong water supply," Kochensparger said. "The fire trucks carry a limited amount in their onboard water tanks, and it is critical to the efficiency of the firefighting effort, as well as the safety of firefighters who enter the burning building, that there be adequate water."
Questions related to hydrant flushing should be directed to fire department headquarters at 614-583-5100.