Water hydrant flushing occurs annually in the City of Union and is handled by our Fire Department.
Flushing removes the sediments from the water mains and also allows an inspection of each hydrant to verify proper operation.
Sometimes, during the flushing process, a yellow, brown or reddish tint may appear in the water. This is from harmless mineral deposits that settle in the water mains. Flushing the fire hydrants may stir up these deposits, sometimes causing discoloration of the water.
Residents are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration before doing laundry. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them using an iron-removing compound. Do not use bleach on stained laundry as bleach will “set” the stain.
The City of Union has a limited supply of iron-removing compound; the product can also be purchased at most hardware stores.
If you notice discoloration in the water, let it run until it clears before doing laundry. This usually takes less than five minutes. If the water does not clear up within five minutes, call the City of Union Water Department at 937-836-8624.
The City of Union publishes information on the dates of the hydrant flushing in the local community newspaper and a notice will also be placed on this website.
It is important to remember that your water is completely safe to drink at all times during the hydrant flushing program.