HARRISBURG (April 29, 2015): Beginning Monday, May 4th Capital Region Water will begin its annual fire hydrant flushing and inspection program. It is expected to take 6-8 weeks to reach all 1,600 fire hydrants in Capital Region Water’s service area.

Why is this needed?

Fire hydrant flushing is a vital annual program to maintain high quality drinking water. Annual flushing removes buildup in fire hydrants and water mains and brings fresh water into pipes that are used infrequently.

Every fire hydrant is also inspected for proper operation and any necessary work is scheduled for repair to ensure reliable use for fire protection.

How will this affect customers’ water service?

Fire hydrant flushing may cause a temporary discoloration of water and a temporary reduction in water pressure. The discoloration is aesthetic only and can be flushed out by running cold water through a faucet. Customers can call 888-510-0606 or email with any questions or concerns.

Flushing Phases:

All 1,600 fire hydrants in Capital Region Water’s service area will be flushed and inspected. Flushing will take place in several phases and will begin closest to Reservoir Park and progress outwards to the service area boundaries.

Capital Region Water will be using and social media to notify customers as the flushing program progresses. More information can also be found at

Media Demonstration:

Members of the press are invited to see a fire hydrant flushing demonstration on Monday, May 4th at 10:30 AM. Capital Region Water staff will be available for an explanation of the flushing program and to answer any questions.



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