The flushing process cleans the water system by opening the fire hydrants to increase water flows, allowing crews to “flush” any minerals and sediment that naturally accumulate in water mains over the course of the year. By testing each of the 6,000 hydrants in Stafford County, Utilities crews can check and record water pressure to ensure each hydrant is properly maintained and available for use in the event of a fire.
The Utilities Department has prepared a map for customers to check and verify if they are within the flushing area. To view this map, please visit www.staffordcountyva.gov/flushing.
When hydrant flushing occurs in your neighborhood, you may notice a slight discoloration in the water coming from your faucet. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water If this happens, simply run your cold water tap for three to five minutes. You should always avoid using hot water until the cold water runs clear.
For more information and tips for minimizing water discoloration during hydrant flushing, please visit, www.staffordcountyva.gov/flushing.