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.
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.