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Flushing May Briefly Affect Water Quality

April 2, 2018

Each April, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) flushes hydrants at various locations throughout Mount Pleasant. The work is performed to ensure hydrants are functioning properly and to observe the flow capacity to address the requirements and standards. In addition, the hydrants are flushed to clear accumulated sediments out of the water mains.

When a hydrant is flushed, the normal water flow in the pipes is increased and sediment may be disturbed and become suspended in the water causing discoloration. The discoloration is harmless, but it can create aesthetic problems. The sediment is naturally occurring in all water supplies and goes unnoticed until disturbed.

You should avoid washing clothes, especially white clothes, if you are experiencing water discoloration. Any discoloration will settle down soon after the MPFD leaves the area, however, you may need to clear the sediment from the lines in your house by running the water at all faucets for 10 – 15 minutes.  

The Fire Department released the following proposed schedule for flushing:

April 2-15

Sta. 2 – Long Point Road and accompanying subdivisions

Sta. 4 – Central Hwy 17, Town Center, North end of Rifle Range

Sta. 6 – North Hwy 17, Carolina Park, Charleston National

Sta. 7 – Bowman Rd, North end of Mathis Ferry, Johnnie Dodds

April 16-30

Sta. 1 – Old Village, South end of Rifle Range, Coleman Blvd.

Sta. 3 – South end of Johnnie Dodds, South end of Mathis Ferry, West Coleman

Sta. 5 – Hwy 41, Dunes West, Park West.



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