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October 17, 2023

The Village of Canton will be flushing hydrants the night of 10/18 and 10/19.


What is the purpose of fire hydrant flushing?

While it may appear that this runs counter to our water conservation philosophy, the periodic “flushing” of fire hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity that helps to insure the integrity of the water system and to provide the highest quality water to our customers. More specifically, hydrant flushing serves the following purposes:

  • Flushes sediments from water main pipes, thus enhancing water quality;
  • Verifies that fire hydrants and valves are working properly and that ample water flow is available for firefighting needs;
  • Aids in determining weaknesses in water pipes and related fittings and valves.


What should I do if my water is discolored?

Run the cold water tap until the water runs clear. If you have a water softener and are experiencing discolored water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after flushing is completed in your area. Rust colored water is safe, but could still stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with a stain remover.

Last modified: October 17, 2023