Fire Hydrant Flushing in Kent
The city does a lot of services that people don’t always understand or appreciate. Fire hydrant flushing is one of them. The city flushes fire hydrants to clean out iron deposits in the water lines, to verify the hydrants are properly working, and to assure continued high quality drinking water. To see when city water crews will be working on the hydrants in your neighborhod and understand why the water crews do what they do, read more.
What Takes Place During Fire Hydrant Flushing?
During the testing process, a Water Department operator opens each hydrant to its maximum flow. The flow stirs up iron deposits and settlements and removes them from the system. The operator cleans and lubricates accessible operating parts, checks the operation of the hydrant and valve, and records any deficiencies for repair. Next, the Fire Department inspects the hydrant to determine the volume of water available at each hydrant, familiarize themselves with hydrant locations, and collect other information important for fire pre-planning.
How Often are Hydrants Flushed?
The Water Department flushes the entire system once a year, generally beginning in June. Before testing, fire hydrant flushing schedules are published in the Record Courier Newspaper and on the city’s web page. Businesses that may be adversely affected by the testing, such as doctor’s offices, restaurants, and hair salons, receive the flushing schedule by mail.
Will Hydrant Flushing Affect Your Water?
During the flushing process, you may experience some water discoloration, especially when work is being done in your immediate neighborhood. Once the hydrant flushing is complete, the water quality will improve.
What Precautions Should You Take?
Before doing laundry or other projects that may suffer from discolored water, make sure the water is running clear. Keep a pitcher of clean water in the refrigerator. 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 a glass of water from your tap (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. City crews will be placing signs in strategic locations where the flushing will occur.
Kent Hydrant Flushing Schedule for 2006
SECTION #1 JUNE 6, 2006
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 7, 2006
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.
SECTION #3 JUNE 8, 2006
Kent State University Campus
SECTION #4 JUNE 9, 2006
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, and The Willow Ridge Subdivision. Holly Park, Dale Drive, Acme Plaza.
SECTION #5 JUNE 13, 2006
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 14, 2006
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 15, 2006
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, University Plaza Apartments, Currie Hall, Staesman, Benjamin, and Sunnybrook, and Indian Valley Apartments Complex.
SECTION #8 JUNE 16, 2006
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 20, 2006
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, Riveside Court, Grant street, Pleasant Avenue, Orchard Street, Standing Rock Avenue, River Bend East and West Subdivisions, Davey Tree Complex, Roosevelt High School, Stanton Middle School, Needham, Allen, Delores, Roberts Drive, Whetstone, Rollins Circle, Nottingham Circle, Clarksview Circle.
SECTION #10 JUNE 21-22, 2006
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, Majors Lane from Fairchild to Bryceway, Stow Street, from Main to Mogadore Road, and Haymaker Pkwy. From Longmere to River Street.
SECTION #11 JUNE 23, 27, 2006
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 28, 29, 30, 2006
Fairchild Avenue from Majors Lane to Newcomer Road including Spaulding Drive, Silver Meadows Blvd., Suzanne, Garth, Denise, Carol Drive, Kenwood Court Complex, Evergreen, Spruce Place, Pinewood Place, Shady Lakes Subdivision, Quality Care Center, Fieldstone Subdivision, The Lake of Franklin Mills Subdivision, White Oaks 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 678-8105.