A Hamilton employee flushes a fire hydrant, a process in which crews check the hydrants. The flushing also clears water mains of sediment that can accumulate. PROVIDED

Why Hamilton residents could see discolored water in the coming months

They now are working in the Washington neighborhood, which is in the northern part of the West Side, along the Great Miami River and will be gradually making their way through the city.

The benefits of hydrant flushing include clearing a natural buildup of sediment from the city-owned water mains, which extends the pipes’ life. At the same time, crews verify that hydrants will be functioning when fire crews need them for emergencies. They identify hydrants that need to be serviced or replaced.

It’s a good idea to avoid washing laundry between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday when you know the work will be happening in your area.

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“This water is still safe, but it is recommended that residents do not drink discolored water,” according to a city news release.

It can take a week for water to reach a home. People who notice discolored water should run the water 5-10 minutes or until it becomes clear

People who experience discolored water or have any questions or concerns can call 513-785-7550 and choose option 4 for the gas and water department.

Two parts of the city will have hydrant flushing on Saturdays only, to minimize impact on businesses there. Those areas are the downtown, and the region of the city bounded by Tylersville Road, Hamilton-Mason Road, and Bypass Route 4.

Hamilton officials will issue monthly updates on the areas where crews are working.

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