MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Flushing fire hydrants in Mount Pleasant may temporarily affect water quality for residents this month.
The Mount Pleasant Fire Department performs the work at various locations every April and October to ensure that fire hydrants are functioning properly and to measure the flow capacity for fire protection. It also clears any accumulated sediment from those water mains, Mount Pleasant Waterworks spokesperson Dionna Ebeling says.
Clearing those sediments could cause a temporary but harmless discoloration of the water, Ebeling says.
Residents should avoid washing clothes, especially white clothes, if they see discoloration in the water while hydrants in their neighborhoods are being flushed, Ebeling says, but adds any discoloration will settle down after the Mount Pleasant Fire Department leaves the area.
Running the water at all faucets for five to 15 minutes should clear the sediment from a house's water lines, Ebeling says.