Hydrant Flushing

During the year, fire hydrants are flushed to test the fire flow capacity, remove sediment and rust from the water, and maintain proper water particle levels. In South River, we conduct hydrant flushing twice each year - in the spring and fall.

During hydrant flushing, there may be a decrease in water pressure as well as a discoloration in the water. This is not harmful and will not affect the safety of the water for drinking and sanitation purposes. If discoloration occurs, run your cold water for several minutes and flush your toilets once or twice to clear your lines. All residents are urged not to do laundry while hydrant flushing is taking place in their neighborhood.

To find out when the area of South River you reside in will be affected, view the 2023 Hydrant Flushing Schedule (PDF).