Town flushes out hydrants

Fire hydrants in Ponoka will be flushed out over the next two or three months to help maintain the efficiency of fire hydrants.
The Town of Ponoka Waterworks department annually flushes out all fire hydrants in the town to ensure that they will work properly in case there is a fire.

  • Jun. 18, 2008 9:00 a.m.

By Eraina Hooyer

Staff Reporter

Fire hydrants in Ponoka will be flushed out over the next two or three months to help maintain the efficiency of fire hydrants.

The Town of Ponoka Waterworks department annually flushes out all fire hydrants in the town to ensure that they will work properly in case there is a fire.

The process may cause residents’ tap water to temporarily change colour but Monica Smith, water utilities clerk for the Town of Ponoka assures the public that there is nothing to be concerned about.

“It is so that any sediment that may get in the lines will be flushed out so that there will not be anything clogging the lines in case there is a fire,” said Smith. “The discoloration is just the sediment that is getting flushed out and if residents run their tap for a few minutes the water will clear.”

The process will also help maintain the cleanliness in the water distribution system.