The City of Swift Current has over 500 hydrants within its' limits. It is the responsibility of the Water and Wastewater Division to ensure that these hydrants remain in working condition at all times.
In order to ensure the hydrant is in good working order, the Water and Wastewater Division conduct Hydrant Flushing in the spring of each year. The Crew will open the hydrant to its' full extent. The water is left flowing at this high rate for approximately 5 minutes. By forcing a large amount of water through the hydrant, the crew is cleaning the watermain in the area of the hydrant and ensuring the flow is at a constant pressure. The Crew will shut off the hydrant and mark down any maintenance that is required on the hydrant.
The residences in close proximity to the hydrant may notice that the water in their home is discolored. This discoloration in NO WAY makes the water unsafe to consume. The high volume of water cleaned out may disturb any sediment that was laying on the bottom of the watermain. Residents are asked to run their water in the home for approximately 15 minutes or until the water becomes clear.
The City will advise residences that Hydrant Flushing is underway by placing Public Service Announcements on the local radio stations and by our Web Site.
During the hydrant flushing program, the water continues to be safe for consumption throughout the duration of the program; but, it is suggested that residents consider storing some drinking water prior to the commencement of the program.
This annual program is necessary to remove sediment that accumulates in the watermains. It also allows crews to operate, inspect and maintain all the fire hydrants to ensure they are in proper working order.
The Public Works Department would like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding during this flushing program.
For further information about the Watermain Flushing process, please call the City Public Works Department at 778-2748.