Port Orchard fire hydrants to be flushed next month

PORT ORCHARD — There’ll be a whole lot of flushing going on in Port Orchard next month.

During the week of Oct. 2-6, the City of Port Orchard’s public works department will flush fire hydrants within city limits. According to Mark Dorsey, the department’s director, the exercise is part of a semi-annual inspection that allows Public Works to flow each hydrant and to perform preventive maintenance.

Here’s the mechanics of the inspection: Each individual hydrant will be turned on to allow full flow, Dorsey said. Area residents could notice water flowing along the street at times. In addition, the large flow of water will stir up any naturally occurring sediment in the water mains. The annual inspection flushes the sediment from the water system, according to public works officials.

They also said it might be possible customers will notice sediment in water streams from their house faucets. Should that happen, customers are advised to turn off the inside faucet, then allow water to run from an outside hose bib or the cold water tap of the bathtub until the water runs clear again. They also are directed to not use the hot water tap to clear the water.

The water should only have to run a few minutes before it’s clear again, officials said.

The city treasurer’s office will apply a small credit to the water bill at the request of ratepayers if needed.

Questions? Call the public works department at 360-876-4991.