Coal Grove to flush hydrants next month

Published 9:20 am Saturday, May 19, 2018

COL GROVE— Starting on June 2, the Village of Coal Grove will be flushing hydrants.

There will be a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, so residents can discuss the situation and have questions answered.

Chuck McKnight, the village administrator, warned that during the flushing, village residents could have discolored water for up to a month.

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“It will be two weeks when we flush and two weeks after its done,” he said.

The village has 43 hydrants to flush and will start at the top of Moore Hill and follow the flow of the water system.

Residents may notice a temporary discoloration of their water and should avoid using water for laundry or drinking during that time.

“We will have a powder available at the townhouse for white clothes,” McKnight said.

Any discolored water has the potential of entering the home, including the hot water heater.

It is highly recommended that the hot water heater be drained, as per manufacturer’s recommendation, after the flushing process is complete.

Regular flushing of water heaters is recommended by all manufacturers and will minimize discolored water problems associated with hot water appliances.

“The village is not responsible for your hot water tank,” he said. “This is something we have to do. We invested $36,000 for filters at our water plant and now we are going to flush the system. So, the people of Coal Grove should have great drinking water.”

The reason for the flushing is to maintain water quality, to ensure hydrants are working properly and to flush out sediments in the water system.

This leads to cleaner pipes, better water quality, and improved capacity. It also makes sure the fire hydrants are in good working order and any needed repairs can be done.