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Fire Hydrant Flushing, Unidirectional Flushing, and Flow Testing

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Fire Hydrant Flushing announcementCrews will be out in several designated areas to flush and test hydrants in the months of August through November.  This work will normally be done Monday through Friday from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, if the crews encounter large quantities of dirty water, they will have to flush until the water is clean. On days when there is work being performed, flushing signs will be posted at various street intersections.

In some areas, it may be necessary to do unidirectional flushing prior to flow testing hydrants. This is a two-step process where all the hydrants are flushed first and then the crews will return to do hydrant flow testing.

In a few areas, unidirectional flushing may occur late in the evening/overnight so that clean water may be restored by morning. Every precaution will be taken to notify the neighborhoods affected. Crews will do everything they can to keep noise levels down to a minimum. In these areas, hydrant flow testing will also be conducted at a later date, after the flushing has been completed.

The objective of this work is to clean the water mains of sediment and test fire hydrants to rate them and ensure that they are working to their fullest capacity.

Hydrant Flushing and Flow Testing Areas

Area 1

North/west of I-95, east of Concord Pike and south of Silverside Road

Area 2

North/west of I-95, west of Concord Pike, south of Righter Parkway (across from Concord Square) and east of Brandywine Creek

Area 3

South/east of I-95, west of Marsh Road, north of N. Market Street/Philadelphia Pike and east of Brandywine Creek

Area 4

South/east of N. Market Street/Philadelphia Pike, west of Rodman Road/River Road/Lore Avenue, and east of Brandywine Creek and north of I-495

Other areas may be tested if necessary.