The Tifton Fire Department will be conducting routine fire hydrant maintenance in all areas of the city beginning the first week in October. Along with the maintenance program, the fire department will be flushing hydrants as well.
Flushing helps to maintain water quality and keeps Tifton’s water fresh. This preventative maintenance allows crews to assess the condition of the water distribution system and fire hydrants. It also helps keep insurance premiums manageable for Tifton’s residents. Information gathered by crews is used by the Insurance Service Office to rate Tifton’s fire suppression abilities.
Releasing water at high velocities from hydrants scours and scrubs water mains, which leads to the removal of film and sediment. If left unattended, these deposits could eventually impede water flow, which can also reduce water flow for fire protection and may cause taste and discoloration issues.
Hydrant flushing may cause your water to appear cloudy or discolored. Though not harmful, discolored water may stain laundry. If you find your water is discolored:
• Wait until the nearby hydrant flushing is complete.
• Clean out faucet aerators or filters.
• Allow COLD water to run through faucets or outside spigots until the water is clear.
Residents are urged to check that their water is running clear before starting any laundry during this time. Updates on the areas that will be flushed will be added to the Tifton Fire Department and City of Tifton social media and website. If there are any questions, please contact the Tifton Fire Department at 229-391-3972.