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Hydrant flushing to begin September 4th in Reidsville

As a part of a City-wide water system and fire hydrant maintenance program, Reidsville Fire Department personnel will be systematically flushing fire hydrants within the City beginning Monday, September 4, 2023, weather permitting.

The hydrant flushing will continue over the next six weeks until the entire City is covered, according to Fire Chief Josh Farmer. Hydrants will be flushed Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Periodic flushing is necessary to clear normal sediment from lines and ensure that the hydrants are functional for fire protection purposes. Because sediment will be disturbed, some dingy water can be expected, but the dinginess should disappear in a short time. Any persistent cloudiness can usually be cleared by briefly opening all faucets in the building simultaneously.

Residents are cautioned to avoid washing clothes if they are aware of hydrants being flushed nearby. While any sediment stirred up has been disinfected by chlorine in the water supply, the dinginess can stain clothes if it is drawn into the washing machine in sufficient quantity.

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