Local fire crews maintain hydrants

By The Mercury

Manhattan Fire Department crews started their annual fire hydrant maintenance program on Monday.

As part of the program, crews will be flowing and painting fire hydrants throughout the city until late fall. The hydrants are flowed every year to make sure they operate property and to flush out water lines.

Residents may notice yellow or rust-colored water in their homes after crews have flowed nearby hydrants. If this happens, the department advises running water in a bathtub or shower for a few minutes, or until the water runs clear.

If the water doesn’t clear up, residents should contact the city customer service office at 587-2480 or the fire department at 587-4502.

The department asks motorists to use caution when crews are flowing hydrants in the area. The water may be at a high enough pressure and volume to cause vehicle damage.

Children shouldn’t play near the water.

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