The city of Canal Winchester and Diley Ridge Medical Center, in cooperation with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot, 7911 Diley Road, Canal Winchester.

The event will provide a safe way for the public to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs in an anonymous drive-thru setting.

Collectors may only accept pills; liquids, needles or sharps may not be dropped off.

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City to flush fire hydrants

The Canal Winchester Division of Water will conduct hydrant flushing and maintenance from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 23-Oct. 11.

Residents are advised to avoid running tap water, washing machines or dishwashers while a hydrant is being flushed on their street and to drive carefully when crews are present.

During or immediately following hydrant flushing, tap water may appear discolored. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water.

If discolored water is present, residents are advised to shut off their water and wait several minutes, then run cold water to allow new water to flow through the pipes.

In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water runs completely clear. After hydrants in your area have been flushed, residents should wait until water runs clear from their tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry before washing lights or whites.

For details, call the Division of Water at 614-837-5623.