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Fire Hydrant Flushing Program

The Denton Public Works Department initiates the flushing of the Town's entire water system annually.

The flushing will take place sometime during the months
of April and May.  Notice will be published on the public works website prior to flushing.

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The annual hydrant-flushing program initiated by the Denton Public Works Department is very important to the maintenance of the Town's water system.  The flushing takes place in the spring and is part of the continuing effort by the Public Works Department to relieve any taste, odor, and turbidity problems that affect some water customers in our community.  Hydrant flushing enhances water quality by flushing sediment from the water mains, verifies the proper operation of hydrants and valves, and maintains firefighting capability.

While flushing is in progress, many customers may experience a temporary drop in water pressure or rusty or cloudy water.  There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water.  If you see a crew flushing a hydrant, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed.  Please drive carefully around the area where hydrant-flushing is taking place. 

If tap water is used during flushing, it may come out cloudy or discolored.  If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes.  Check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes.  If the water is clear, it is okay to use.  If not, wait a few more minutes and check again.  The discoloration affects only the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or quality. 

This same philosophy of water line maintenance is one that you should use in your own home.  The home's water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year to keep it working efficiently and to protect the quality of water inside the home.  If you are out of town and there is no water used in your home for a week or more, when you return it is always a good idea to run all of your faucets for a minute or so before using the water.  This ensures that you do not use any stagnant water that may have developed in the pipes of your home while you were away.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this program, please contact Mr. Phil Clark of the DPW at 410-479-5446.

Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Town of Denton Department of Public Works, 650 Legion Road, Denton MD 21629 Phone: 410-479-5446 Fax: 410-479-5447

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