MARTINSVILLE – The City of Martinsville water resources and fire department personnel will be systematically flushing fire hydrants starting Monday.
This is part of the annual citywide water system and fire hydrant maintenance program.
Weather permitting, hydrants will be flushed Sunday through Saturday between 4 AM and 5 PM.
Officials say individual hydrants will be inspected closely and repaired, if necessary, over several weeks after flushing is completed.
September 9-13: All areas north of Jones Creek, beginning in the vicinity of the city’s water treatment plant on Clearview Drive and continuing on Barrows Mill Road, Greyson Street, Liberty Street, Stultz Road, and all adjacent streets, including Northside Drive and Sovah Health - Martinsville.
September 16-20: Village of Martinsville and Commonwealth Boulevard to Memorial Boulevard, entire Chatham Road including all adjacent streets, beginning at Commonwealth Boulevard and continuing outside the city to Woodhaven Road, plus streets in the Bethel Lane area.
September 23-27: Uptown areas from Memorial Boulevard. to Starling Avenue, including Church Street, Main Street, Fayette Street, Market Street and all adjacent streets.
Periodic flushing is necessary to clear normal sediment from lines and ensure that the hydrants are functional for fire protection purposes.
Because sediment will be disturbed, some dingy water can be expected, but the dinginess should disappear in a short time, according to officials.
Any persistent cloudiness can usually be cleared by briefly opening all faucets in the building simultaneously.
Residents are cautioned to avoid clothes washing if they are aware of hydrants being flushed nearby.
Officials say while any sediment stirred up has been disinfected by chlorine in the water supply, the dinginess can still stain clothes if it is drawn into the washing machine in sufficient quantity.
Flushing schedules will be announced later for remaining portions.
If you have questions, contact Martinsville Water Resources at 276-403-5157.