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The Clayton Fire Department is conducting hydrant flushing throughout the City until the end of June. Flushing hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrant and ensures adequate water flow will be available in the event of a fire emergency. Flushing also removes sediment and deposits that naturally accumulate in water pipes. Removing these materials by flushing hydrants maintains the high quality of the water.When hydrant flushing occurs in your area, you may experience temporary water pressure reduction and discoloration of water. Check your cold water tap for discoloration prior to use. If the water is discolored, simply run the cold water for three to five minutes to allow new water to enter your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few more minutes and run the water again. The temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water – it DOES NOT affect the safety or quality.While the water is safe to drink, you should avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times, as the flushed sediment could discolor white or light-colored clothing. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. You should also avoid using hot water until the cold water runs clear.If you have questions or concerns please contact the Clayton Fire Department at (937) 836-3500.