CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Citywide annual fire hydrant flushing and testing began this week by Clarksville Fire Rescue personnel and will continue throughout all areas of Clarksville through mid-June.
Clarksville Fire Rescue performs annual flow and pressure tests and flushes every city-owned fire hydrant to ensure they are adequate and operational for firefighting.
Clarksville Gas & Water personnel also flush hydrants throughout the year as part of their routine maintenance process. Fire hydrants are turned on to allow water to flow for several hours to remove sediments and iron compounds. Hydrant flushing also circulates the water to help prevent stagnant water problems from developing.
During the flushing process, residents may notice discolored water as the sediments are agitated. This in no way affects the safety of the water. If discoloration occurs, turn on all household faucets and let them run for several minutes to help clear household pipes.
Residents may also notice low water pressure and water running on streets during hydrant flushing. Please check both Gas & Water and the Fire Rescue hydrant flushing schedules maintained on the Gas & Water website, www.clarksvillegw.com, to learn if hydrant flushing is being done in your neighborhood.
More reasons why fire hydrant flushing is necessary and what to expect during the process is also available on the Gas & Water website under the Fire Hydrant Flushing & Testing Schedule web page.