HOWLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer’s Department flushed fire hydrants throughout Howland on Saturday to maintain water quality.
“Certain chemicals that come from the treatment plant from the treatment process…those adhere to the pipe,” said Ronald Watson.
The first step to flush the hydrant is connecting a spout. Then they take water samples to test the chlorine level, which must be at least one part per million, to make sure it’s safe to drink.
“Once we flush the lines, then we go ahead and take our chlorine residual to make sure everything is safe,” Watson said.
If the hydrants are not flushed, the water lines could get clogged with buildup and cause problems.
“If there’s debris or any items in there, those items could come through the hydrants and eventually get into our pumps and deteriorate the pump or damage it,” said Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone.
He says the fire department checks over 900 hydrants throughout the year.
“People think that hydrants are only when there’s a fire, but they are so important across the board to maintain them,” Pantalone said.
The engineer’s office says these are the first tests in what will be a month-long process.
If your water lines are flushed, you might notice some discoloration in your water. The Trumbull County Engineer’s Department says this is not harmful and should clear in a couple of hours. They say you should only run cold water until it clears up, and avoid washing clothes until the next day.
Watson says after flushing the hydrants in Howland, they will move on to Mineral Ridge.