From radiators to fire hydrants, flushing is a great way to make sure everything is in good working order. For obvious reasons we can’t have fire hydrants that don’t work when we need them so the annual hydrant flushing program gives the crews a chance to inspect each hydrant to make sure it’s good to go. I learned this lesson the hard way in a former city when fire crews hooked up to a bad hydrant to put out a fire and because of an unknown break inside the hydrant the hose got clogged full of rocks — meanwhile the fire raged on — not good. On top o fthat flushing is a good practice for ensuring water quality by turning over some of the water that may have been at the dead end of a line. Here’s the City of Kent’s hydrant flushing schedule for 2008.
The press release and 2008 schedule is below but here’s a Q&A on hydrant flushing that may also be helpful for understanding what’s going on and why.
May 20, 2008
2008 Fire Hydrant Flushing
The City of Kent Central Maintenance Division will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program June 2nd, 2008. Flushing will take place Tuesday through Friday, from 2:00AM to 7:00AM through the end of June.
Hydrants are flushed each year to clean and maintain the quality of the water lines, to inspect fire hydrants, and to maintain water pressure. This year Central Maintenance crews will conduct flow tests on the entire system during the flushing program.
When crews are flushing, you may experience a dis-coloration of the water in your household. This discoloration does not indicate that the water is unsafe but may have a displeasing appearance and can stain laundry. Because of the possible discoloration, the City recommends that the following procedure be followed during and after the time of flushing before washing clothes:
· Run water from your tap and fill a glass of water (allow water to run for 3 to 5 minutes before filling the glass);
· Check the glass for clarity. If clear, clothes may be washed.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the crews are scheduled to flush on your street, flushing on nearby streets may also discolor your water. Therefore, checking the water (as stated) before washing clothes should be practiced during the entire flushing schedule.
To notify resident’s City crews will be placing signs in strategic locations the day before crews are to begin flushing in that area.
Hydrant flushing is scheduled to take place as follows:
2008 FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING SCHEDULE
SECTION #1 JUNE 2, 2008
Summit Street from S. Lincoln to the KSU Stadium, Loop Road, Athena, Artemis, Olympus, Fraternity Circle, Hickory Mills, Campus Center, Whitehall Blvd., Summit Gardens, University Town Homes.
SECTION #2 JUNE 3, 2008
Morris Road from Summit Street to Allerton, including Mae Street, Oak Street, School Street to Lincoln Street, Berkeley, Avondale, Allerton, Rellim Street to Lincoln Street, Bowman Street to Lincoln Street, Valleyview from Morris to Lincoln, Lincoln Commons Subdivision.
SECTION #3 JUNE 4, 2008
Kent State University Campus
SECTION #4 JUNE 5, 2008
State Route 59 from Luther Avenue east to Railroad Overpass, including Horning Road from State Route 59 to Rhodes Road. Rhodes Road from Horning to State Route 59, Luther Avenue, Elmwood, Oakwood, Woodhill, Frances, Overlook, Birchwood Circle, Franklin Hills and The Willow Ridge Subdivision, Holly Park, Dale Drive, Ryan’s Place Apartments, Acme Plaza.
SECTION #5 JUNE 9, 2008
Downtown, Main Street from Luther to and including Franklin Avenue, Summit Street from Lincoln to Franklin including Willow Street from Summit to Crain, Kentway, Tonkin Court, Day Street, College Avenue, College Court, Erie Street, Wilson from Main to Crain, Linden, Sherman, University, Lincoln from Summit to Crain, Highland Avenue, Crain from Luther to Water Street, Brady Street, Portage Street, Columbus, Water Street from Summit to Lake Street.
SECTION #6 JUNE 10, 2008
Lake Street from Crain Avenue Bridge to the City Limits including Costley Court, Lock Street, Starr Avenue, Marvin Street, Willow Street from Crain to Lake, Gatun, Edgewood, Woodside, Miller Avenue, Steele, Doramor, Dansel, Harvey/Wilson from Crain to Lake, Burr Oak, Lake Street Apartments, Mason, King, Davey, Graham, Walter, Anna, Perry, and Virginia Avenue.
SECTION #7 JUNE 11, 2008
S. Water Street from Summit to the City Limits including Franklin Avenue from Summit to Meloy Road, Vine Street, Depeyster Street from Summit Street South, Willow Street Ext., Lincoln Street from Rellim South, Morris Road from Allerton South, Campus Center Drive from Booster Station to Devon Place to S. Water Street, Chadwick, Ivan, Beryl, Rellim Drive from Lincoln to Water, Bowman from Lincoln to Water, Valleyview from Lincoln West, School Street from Lincoln to Franklin, Elm Street from Vine to Franklin, Oak Street from Vine to Franklin, Hall Street from Vine to Franklin, Williams Street from Vine to Franklin, Cherry Street from Water to Franklin, University Plaza, Jordon Court Apartments, Currie Hall, Statesman, Benjamin, and Sunnybrook, and Indian Valley Apartments Complex.
SECTION #8 JUNE 12, 2008
All Streets West of Franklin Avenue including Mogadore Road from Stow Street to Howe Road, Overholt Road, Enterprise Way, Cherry Street from Franklin to State Route 261, Plum Street, Harris Street, Dodge Street, Elm Street, Oak Street, Maple Street, Walnut Street, Pine Street, Cedar Street, St. Clair Avenue, and Martinel Drive.
SECTION #9 JUNE 16, 2008
N. Mantua Street from Fairchild North to the City Limits, Fairchild from N. Mantua to Majors Lane including Cuyahoga, Hudson Road, Randall Drive, Harold, Stinaff Street and Ext., Longcoy Avenue, Carthage, Wolcott Avenue, Riverside Court, Grant Street, Pleasant Avenue, Orchard Street, Standing Rock Avenue, River Bend East and West Subdivision, Davey Tree Complex, Roosevelt High School, Stanton Middle School, Needham, Allen, Delores, Robert Drive, Whetstone, Rollins Circle, Nottingham Circle, Clarksview Circle.
SECTION #10 JUNE 17-18, 2008
W. Main Street from bridge to Longmere including River Street, Gougler Avenue, Mantua Street from Haymaker Pkwy. to Fairchild, Woodard Avenue, Rockwell Street, Earl Avenue, Park Avenue, Pioneer Avenue, Pearl Street, Prospect Street, Whittier Drive, Lowell Drive, Chestnut Street, Grove Avenue, Short Street, Forest Drive, Bryce Rd, Majors Lane from Fairchild to Bryce Way, Stow Street, from Main to Mogadore Road, and Haymaker Pkwy. from Longmere to River Street.
SECTION #11 JUNE 19, 23, 2008
W. Main Street from Longmere to Deidrick Road including Sunrise, Sheri, Colleen, Gale Drive, N. Francis, Admore, Middlebury, Manchester, Paulus, Janet, Tallmadge Avenue, Leroy, Longmere Drive, Leonard, Meredith, Norwood, Gardenview, Elno Avenue, Jessie Avenue, Munroe Falls-Kent Road, Roosevelt, Ada, Hughey Drive, Beech Drive, Yacavona, Akron Blvd., Judith, Hampton Drive, Eton Road, Meadow Drive, Emich, Lower Drive, Marilyn Street, Overbrook, Laurel, Brentwood, Chelton, Irma, Garrett Street, Parmalee, Louise, and Deidrick Road.
SECTION #12 JUNE 24, 25, 26, 2008
Fairchild Avenue from Majors Lane to Newcomer Road including Spaulding Drive, Silver Meadows Blvd., Suzanne, Garth, Denise, Carol Drive, Silver Meadows Apartment Complex, Evergreen, Spruce Place, Pinewood Place, Forest Lakes Subdivision, Shady Lakes Drive, Kent Quality Care Center, Fieldstone Subdivision, The Lakes of Franklin Mills Subdivision, White Oak Hills Subdivision, Cottage Gate Subdivision, Erin Drive, Kevin, Allen Drive, Verona Avenue, Adamle Drive, Deleone, and Michaels Drive.
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, LOOK FOR SIGNS PLACED IN YOUR AREA THE DAY BEFORE FLUSHING WILL OCCUR.
If you have any problems or questions regarding the flushing, please call the Service Department at 330-678-8105.
City of Kent , Ohio
Eugene K. Roberts
Director of Public Service