Hydrant Flushing Starts April 1

Published on March 26, 2024

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Beginning Monday, April 1, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,300 fire hydrants as part of our annual preventative maintenance program. 

Why Hydrants are Flushed

The process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system. It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.

Effects of Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing helps ensure water quality and helps avoid random bouts of discolored water if there is a high demand for water, caused by firefighter using the hydrant or if a water main breaks.

During the flushing of a hydrant, some customers may notice reduced water pressure and flow.

Discolored Water

Customers may notice some discolored water, but there will be no disruption of service. If discoloration occurs after crews have flushed the hydrants, run all water faucets for one to two minutes to clear the water.

This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and minerals that build up in the water mains which do not affect the water’s safety, though it could stain laundry. If you notice that hydrants near your property are being flushed, please refrain from using water, and delay washing clothes as much as possible. 


Contact the Public Utilities Department at (540) 773-1358