Hydrant flushing next week

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will flush hydrants throughout the village, as well as outlying districts, Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 18th.

“The flushing is routine,” DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora wrote in an email. “We flush the water mains twice a year (spring/ fall) to keep our water quality at the highest standard.”

The flushing will occur between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. According to a press release from the village DPW, residents may observe water discoloration. If that occurs, residents are to run their water for 10 minutes, or until the water clears. Dora said that flushing reduces the amount of mineral deposits that adhere to the sides of the pipe, as well as removes any deposits that could break loose.

“The discoloration is the mineral deposits being moved through the water system and poses no health threat whatsoever,” Dora wrote. “As long as the system holds the proper chlorine residual (which it does during flushing) all is safe with the drinking water.”

Dora said that a secondary purpose of flushing is to identify potential problem areas in the village water system and pinpoint what sections of the water main may need work in the future.

If water discoloration persists for longer than 10 minutes, contact the DPW at 518-891-4160.

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