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Posted on: June 17, 2019

County Begins Summer Fire Hydrant Flushing Program

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Flushing is an important preventative maintenance activity  

The Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM) will be flushing fire hydrants in the Waterside community and the Oakdale Village subdivision starting June 24, 2019.

Flushing programs are used to maintain optimal levels of water quality in the water distribution system.  Because water mains typically are sized to allow adequate and safe flow for fire protection, water typically moves through piping at a very low velocity.  This slow movement allows mineral and silt deposits to build up over time, which can restrict water flow, contribute to corrosion and create water color problems.  Periodic flushing of water lines removes this material, which helps to maintain infrastructure and consistently high quality water.

DUSWM Director Kevin Demosky explained, “Our crews know the importance of water conservation and carefully monitor the flow of water during our hydrant flushing program.  The process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and allows us to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.”

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