The Upper Arlington Fire Division will conduct its annual fire hydrant flushing through April 26.
The process began April 14 and, depending on weather, is expected to continue with the following schedule:
April 18 and 21: 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 22 and 23: South of Zollinger Road to and including Lane Avenue from Riverside Drive to North Star Road. This includes both sides of Lane Avenue.
April 24 and 25: South of Lane Avenue.
April 26: West Clinton Township.
UA residents who have signed up for the UA Alerts system will receive notifications. There also will be notices posted on the city’s social media sites and web page.
According to fire department officials, signs reading “Hydrant Flushing Today” will be placed at prominent intersections in each area before flushing starts, and removed when completed for the day.
“Flushing is performed to ensure the hydrants are operating properly, and to clear the waterlines of debris,” an UAFD press release stated.
Active flushing will occur between approximately 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Residents could experience discolored water during this time and for up to 48 hours after flushing has taken place. A press release from the UAPD warns against doing during this period and to check the water for clarity before washing clothes.
Additionally, residents are instructed to turn on all faucets in the house and allow water to run freely until it appears clear again and to avoid turning on the hot water during the flushing period because water heaters will then be replenished with rusty water.
Questions related to hydrant flushing should be directed to Fire Division headquarters at 614-583-5100.