The city of Pickerington will flush approximately half of its water hydrants beginning next month.

The city of Pickerington will flush approximately half of its water hydrants beginning next month.

As part of its annual attempt to remove settled particles and rust from local water supplies, the Pickerington Service Department will flush local hydrants from April 4 to May 13.

The action isn't expected to cause a loss of water service, but city officials said residents should take note of the flushing schedule in order to avoid staining laundry or other property.

"The flushing dislodges fine particles that could cause staining in laundry," service director Ed Drobina said. "Avoid doing laundry on days (your) area is scheduled for flushing. Check for discoloration in water before doing laundry or filling a swimming pool."

Although there may be rust in the water temporarily, Drobina said it will remain safe to drink throughout the flushing process.

Hydrants will be flushed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the following areas and subdivisions on the following dates:

April 4 to 6: the city water plant on Diley Road, Busey Road, Fox Glen East and West, Reserve at Pickerington Pond, Preston Trails, Manchester, Sheffield, Long West, Homestead Condos, Monebrake Drive, The Landings, Longview Acres and Georges Creek.

April 11 to 15: West Columbus Street to Hill Road South, Sycamore Creek, Stonebridge, Meadowbrook, Manor House, Marie Avenue, Willow Pond and Pine Ridge.

April 18 to 22: Long Road West to Diley Road, Colony Park, Violet Springs, Hill Road north to Courtright Drive, Lakes Edge, Pickerington Run, Cherry Hill, Hill Road North to Pizza Cottage, Barclay Apartments, Jericho Road, Courtright East.

April 25 to 29: Old Diley Road, Krogers, Windmiller Drive, Refugee Road to the Pickerington Police Department, Pickerington Ridge Apartments, Pickerington Pointe, Fairfield Square, Manors at Cross Creek and Hill Road North to Turnberry.

May 2 to 5: Melrose, Inverness Glen, Mingo, Refugee east to Hill Road, Pickerington Meadows, Cardinal Apartments, Center Street, Villas of Milnor Crossing, Milnor Place, Homestead Drive, Columbia Place, Town Square Villas and Olde Pickerington Village.

May 9 to 13: Raine Street, Fanchers Street, East Columbus Street, Root Addition, Simsbury, Shadow Oak, Shawnee Crossing, Lockville Road, Ramar Estates, Pickerington Hills and Opportunity Way.

Drobina said approximately half of the city's 1,072 hydrants will be flushed during the process.

"We flush approximately every other one," he said. "Then next year, (we flush) the opposite ones."

Local traffic is not expected to be disrupted during the flushing process. However, Drobina said, residents may experience a temporary drop in water pressure when hydrants are flushed in their areas.

Additional information about the flushing schedule can be obtained by calling the Pickerington Water Treatment Plant at (614) 833-2290.