GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -
If you have noticed wet streets around Grand Junction, it could be from the recent rain, but it also could be from a city wide program. Back in 1993, they started the fire hydrant flushing program as a way to maintain the water supply and also benefit the Grand Junction Fire Department.
“In 93 we had a bio film issue that caused several issues with water qualities," said Ron Key, of Grand Junction's Water Service.
So after that bacteria issue, crews started flushing out water that's been sitting in the pipes throughout winter that may be discolored, or have an odor to it.
“Every spring we like to bring fresh water in,” said Key.
About half of Grand Junction's 970 hydrants will be flushed, and doing so also benefits the 150 miles worth of pipes in the service area by flushing out sediment that can cause problems.
“It helps our system out to keep the pipes clean,” said Key.
Not only does flushing the hydrants maintain the water system and help with water quality, but doing so also benefits the Grand Junction Fire Department.
“Then they’re going to check to make sure adequate water, so if we have a structure fire or a car fire anything where we need a water source, we can connect to it and use that water supply,” said Tyler Glassman, of GJFD.
When it comes to flushing out the sediment, the city and the fire department share the same sentiment.
“It’s very beneficial for the department as well because it’s cleaning all the sediment out of the pipes which is tough on the trucks pump,” said Glassman.
Damaging the truck's pump, can keep less fire trucks on the road.
“They would have to take an entire engine out of service to pull that pump out and to repair and replace it, very costly and very time consuming,” said Glassman.
The city says if you notice your water discolored, run it until it's clear. If the problem isn't solved, then contact the city for more information.