Hydrant Flushing

POSTED BY: Kim Tewalt
Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 09:33 PM

The Zanesville Fire Department will be flushing hydrants on the south end of Zanesville starting on September 12th.

Firefighter Kenny Jones says hydrant maintenance is crucial for the fire department, so that when they have to battle a blaze, they don't run into any issues.

"If we show up to a fire, and this hydrant is out of service we don't know, and we need the water and it's not there, it's bad, so this way we keep up with them and know what's going on." said Jones.

The hydrant flushing will begin Monday, September 12th, and last through the week. Each day it will start around 7:30 a.m. and is expected to last until around 2:30 p.m..

"The reason we do this is for maintenance." said Jones "It's a yearly thing, anything that may be inside the hydrant barrel can be flushed out, making sure they work, checking all the valve stems. That way if they're broke we can go through the water department and they can get fixed"

Jones says it's important to make sure there isn't anything in the hydrant barrel, because it could create issues while fighting a fire.

"If there is stuff in the hydrant barrel like rocks, we've found a little bit of everything in them for different reasons, what happens is if that comes up through into our truck it can bust our pumps up render them useless for the fire." explained Jones.

Jones wants to remind citizens of Zanesville that flushing the hydrants will stir up sediment in the water, and asks that you hold off on doing laundry until 4 or 5 p.m..

He adds that the entire hydrant flushing project for the entire city is expected to last three to four weeks. The week of September 19th the fire department anticipates flushing hydrants on the east side of Zanesville, then downtown Zanesville the following week. The north side of town can expect hydrant flushing to take place around the week of September 26th.


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