Bellbrook to flush hydrants in October

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Service Department will be flushing fire hydrants 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12.

The purpose of water system flushing is to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves; to remove accumulated sediment or mineral buildup in the bottom of our water mains; to flush stale water from dead-end streets; restore or help maintain chlorine residual throughout the water system; and continue maintaining a clean water supply to customers.

The water flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, as well as possible reduction in water pressure. The water discoloration is not a health risk. The service department recommends restricting water usage and setting water softeners to bypass. The discolored water may stain laundry, especially white materials as well as the possible staining of plumbing fixtures.

Residents are advised to avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and while such conditions exist. Prior to washing clothes, including times after the flushing hours, residents should check cold water for possible discoloration. If the water is discolored, let the cold water run for a minute or two to begin clearing.

If the water does not clear at that time, try again later. Residents should check water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before it is dried.