The Washington Township Fire Department will conduct its annual spring flushing and pumping of the Dublin's 3,138 hydrants (those with green bases) from May 14 through June 15.

Flushing and pumping will take place daily between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the city of Dublin.

Township officials said residents might experience brief periods of low water pressure or discoloration of water.

The conditions will be temporary. If discoloration occurs, residents are advised to run cold water for several minutes until it clears.

That procedure also should be followed prior to washing laundry to avoid staining clothing.

Hydrants with white bases are privately-owned. Owners of those hydrants are responsible for flushing and pumping them.

The flushing procedure removes rust and debris that might collect in the hydrant and pumping prevents freezing in winter months, which can damage the hydrant, leaving it inoperable. Pumping also is necessary after hydrants are used during winter months.

The Washington Township Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services and education and safety programs for Washington Township, which encompasses portions of Franklin County, including Dublin, and portions of Delaware and Union counties.