Fire Hydrants at Choctaw Lake to be flushed beginning Monday, May 4th.
Fire hydrant flushing is performed to ensure the hydrants are operating properly in case of fire, and to clear the waterlines of debris.
The flushing is performed by Emergency Operations personnel between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and may be extended longer if there are a multitude of emergency runs that occur when flushing is scheduled.
Residents may experience discoloration of water or a drop in pressure during these time periods, and up to 48 hours after flushing has taken place.
Residents are cautioned to refrain from doing laundry during this period. Before resuming laundering, partially fill washers with cold water until the water runs clear. Run a sample of water into a transparent container to check for settling or discoloration. Once the water is clear, the washer can be spun out to drain the tub for a normal laundry load.
Turn on all faucets in the house and allow water to run freely until it appears clear again. Avoid turning on hot water taps during the flushing period if water is cloudy or discolored, because the water heater will replenish itself with rusty water, which will remain in storage in the tank until used up.
Some persons could experience staining of clothes and other items despite these notices. Clothes should be kept damp or wet to prevent the stains from setting. The recommended “rust-removers” or “rust fighters” are carried among the cleaning products at grocery and hardware stores. Most of these cleaners direct you to add them to a regular laundry load and run it again.