Princeton Public Utilities flushes hydrants twice per year, typically in April and October. Flushing creates a scouring velocity in the water mains in order to remove any settled material like manganese. It also serves as a fire hydrant function check and inspection.
If discolored water is experienced, it is usually temporary and will clear up in a couple of hours. Running the cold water taps should help speed up this process. Contact Princeton Public Utilities if the water does not clear up so additional flushing can be scheduled.
Did you know?
Fire hydrants have over 50 unique parts and require periodic lubrication. They are designed to break off safely in the event they are struck by a car. There are nearly 350 fire hydrants in Princeton!