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Saranac Lake village workers will flush fire hydrants next week

A car splashes through the spray of a fire hydrant on Lake Flower Avenue in February 2018 as members from the Saranac Lake Department of Public Works flush the system of dirt that turned water brown for a little while. Members said residents had nothing to worry about: Though the tap water was discolored, it was filled with bacteria-fighting chemicals and was still safe to drink. Members speculated that the warm weather bringing a long line of cars to the car wash down the street overloaded the system and broke dirt loose into the water stream. After running the hydrant for over an hour, the water lines and color were back to normal. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The village Department of Public Works will begin flushing fire hydrants next week.

The DPW will flush hydrants on Monday in the Lake Street area, on Tuesday in the River Street and Helen Hill area, and on Wednesday in the Park Avenue area. Thursday will be an alternate date if weather prevents the department from flushing on one of these days. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If residents and businesses experience dirty water, the village asks them to let their taps run for approximately 15 minutes to let the water to clear up inside their homes. If residents have any questions or concerns, they can call the DPW at 518-891-4160.

The DPW is still sweeping sand from village streets as part of its annual spring cleanup.

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