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No, Fire Departments are required to flush hydrants when they are testing them to ensure adequate flow and pressure is available.
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When a hydrant is opened, there will always be temporary incidences of discolored water containing fine sediment particles. There is no health hazard associated with this discolored water. It is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. Allow a few minutes but up to 4 hours for discoloration to dissipate. If the discoloration persists for more than 24 hours, please contact our Water Treatment Plant at 931-553-2440.
The Water Department flushes throughout the year so that the water does not stagnate in less active parts of the water distribution system. Clarksville Fire and Rescue flushes all hydrants within city limits during the spring beginning in April.
Again, the largest complaint during and just after hydrant flushing is discolored water. Here’s what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood: