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Hydrant flushing has begun throughout community

Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- The Twinsburg Fire Department has begun hydrant flushing throughout the community, said Twinsburg Fire Chieff Tim Morgan at Council's May 9 meeting.

The flushing is necessary to maintain the nearly 1,900 fire hydrants located throughout the city and Twinsburg Township, according to the TFD. Water mains of any age can fail during flushing, and it is best that problems are discovered during flushing rather than when they are needed in an emergency.

The fire department hopes to have the flushing completed before the end of summer, Morgan said. The department had initially hoped that fire hyrdrant flushing would be done by June 30, but now expects flushing to continue through July or August "because of the volume of work we are doing," Morgan said.

Twinsburg Fire follows policies for hydrant flushing as established by the Cleveland Division of Water. The TFD asks that residents exercise caution on the roadways and take note of several other items, including:

■ Slowly driving past fire crews who are flushing in the roadway. Crews will be in safety vests;

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■ Being aware of pooling water in roadways after flushing;

■ Discolored water. Residential water supplies are tied to the same mains as fire hydrants. Run faucets until the water clears; and

■ Reporting any long-term pressure changes or obvious water main breaks;

Contact the Twinsburg Fire Department at 330-963-6256 with questions.

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