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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins Tuesday, May 30

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Pocatello residents will soon see fire hydrants in action.


Beginning Tuesday, May 30, the City of Pocatello Water Department will be conducting their annual system flushing program, and the work may take several weeks to complete.


The flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the City’s water system and serves the following purposes:


  • Flushes sediment from mainline pipes, which enhances water quality
  • Verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves
  • Verifies ample flow for fire fighting.


Things to know during system flushing:


  • There may be a temporary drop in water pressure
  • Water may be rusty or cloudy. Discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours.


If you see a crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed.


For motorists who see hydrant-flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call Randy Orr at 208-234-6182.

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