"It's all part of our routine maintenance work on the system," Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times.
"The flushing not only helps remove sediment in the hydrants that builds up over time, it gives us an opportunity to run pressure and flow checks as well."
The Brazil City Fire and Water departments have coordinated their efforts and created a tentative schedule for the hydrant flushing, which includes:
* Monday, May 16 -- Pell Shopping Center to Vandalia and Kruzan streets,
*Tuesday, May 17 -- Columbia and Oak streets to National Avenue and Washington Street,
* Wednesday, May 18 -- Hendrix and Collins streets to Depot street and National Avenue,
* Thursday, May 19 -- Chicago Avenue and National Avenue to State Road 340 and Water Works Road,
* Friday, May 20 -- National Avenue and McGuire Street to Grant and Ohio streets,
* Monday, May 23 -- Leavitt and Williams streets to Forest Avenue and White Rock Road,
*Tuesday, May 24 -- Emerald Drive and Hunter Court to Forest Park Elementary,
*Wednesday, May 25 -- Pinckley Street at Lamplight Manor to Knight and Belle streets, and
*Thursday, May 26 -- Tower Road to Industrial Park Drive.
"The schedule is tentative because if we are testing a hydrant and get a call for a fire, we have to respond to the call," Smith said.
"We don't plan on flushing on the weekend, but we will if we need to catch up."
He said another benefit of flushing this year is being able to see how well the new and replaced hydrants are doing on the newly installed and expanded water lines.
"The city has made great strides in recent months with the installation of new hydrants, as well as replacing ones that don't work and relocating some to larger lines," Smith said.
"We will be able to see how well the system has improved to this point, and it will give us a base reading for next year's testing after the new water towers and booster station are up and running."
While water pressure will vary in the areas flushing is taking place, Smith also said it may be wise to store some water beforehand for certain situations.
"If you plan on doing light-colored laundry, you may want to save some water back for that since the hydrant flushing could stir up some sediment in the lines," he said.
Smith added plans are in the works to repaint older hydrants later this year as part of the Water System Improvements Project, as well as updating the colors on the top of the hydrants to indicate the amount of flow coming through and those not in operation.
"It is important for us to do the testing so we can be up-to-date as far as knowing which hydrants have the best pressure and flow," Smith told The Brazil Times.
"There is nothing more frustrating than working to hook up the hose to a hydrant at a fire, only to find there is low pressure or the hydrant isn't working at all."