Fire Hydrant Maintenance

Hydrant Flushing
Hydrant flushing is a regular part of the Public Works Water System maintenance program. Hydrants are Village property and provide fire protection, as well as access to the Village water supply. Only authorized persons may open or close a water/fire hydrant.
The main goals of the Hydrant Flushing Program are to:
  • Inspect and exercise hydrants to ensure that they are functioning properly in the event of an emergency
  • Remove unwanted sediment from the water mains to improve the overall quality of the water.
Hydrant flushing occurs twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Before the hydrant flushing program begins, informational signs are posted throughout the community, in the Cary News Weekly and on the Village's website.

During the process of hydrant flushing, your tap water may become discolored and appear rusty. This discoloration is temporary. Residents are encouraged to let the water run for several minutes until it appears clear before washing clothes.
General Maintenance
The Public Works Department regularly inspects and exercises fire hydrants to ensure that they are available for use by emergency services.

Part of the routine maintenance also include painting. The Village recently completed the sand blasting, primer, and surface painting of every hydrant in the system as part of a two-year program. This project was successfully bid as part of a multi-agency contract to leverage the lowest unit costs.
A red fire hydrant