Fire Hydrant Maintenance
The intent of the hydrant maintenance program is to maintain
public fire hydrants in a ready condition through flushing,
inspection, lubrication, cleaning, and painting as recommended by
the National Fire Protection Association and reporting needed
repairs to the Lake County Water Department on a semi-annual basis
or as needed. The Fire Department also conducts flow testing to
determine the total amount of water available in your area in case
of a fire.
The main reason the fire department performs hydrant maintenance
is to ensure that hydrants will function correctly at times of fire.
- How often does the Fire Department perform hydrant
maintenance? The Department maintains hydrants twice a
year. Once in the spring and again in the fall.
- How do I know when maintenance will occur?
The Fire Department posts signs on fire hydrants near the
intersections of the areas to be flushed. This is usually done
at least three days in advance.
- Why is my water discolored?
Due to the fire hydrant flushing, residents may experience a
temporary discoloration of water which is due to the unsettling
of rust and sediment in the water main.
- What should I do about the
Run the cold water for 5-10 minutes; this should clear up the
water. Do not run the hot water; this pulls the
sediment into the hot water tank.
- My clothes have become discolored from the rust,
what should I do? Do not dry the clothes. The
clothes should be re-washed with a rust removing additive.
Additive can be obtained from the Fire Department. Call
- Is the water safe to drink? Yes. If the
water was unsafe for any reason, a boil alert would be issued.
Help keep the area around your or your neighbor's hydrant clear of
vegetation and snow.