The Panama City Fire Department is conducting Hydrant Maintenance in the city during the months of May and June from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The fire hydrant maintenance program is an integral part of maintaining our potable water mains. It is an essential and necessary function of our flushing program to deliver the safest and highest quality water possible to our entire service area.
The hydrant flushing maintenance program serves the following purposes:
- Flushes sediments from mainline pipes (enhances water quality)
- Verifies the proper operation of the fire hydrants to ensure there is adequate water for firefighting operations
- Allows us to test the hydraulic capacity of our water system under controlled conditions, and allows the Fire Department to obtain an accurate estimate of water available in the event of extended firefighting operations
- Maintains mandatory chlorine residual in low usage areas
What should I do when hydrants are being flushed in my neighborhood?
- Avoid running tap water and/or using the washing machine or dishwasher until the flushing is complete.
- Slow down and drive carefully while traveling through the flushing work zone.
What should I do after hydrants are flushed in my neighborhood?
- If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait thirty minutes. Then check the water’s clarity by running cold water for a few minutes so that new water works its way into your pipes. If it is still discolored, wait another thirty minutes and check again. In some cases, slight discoloration may be present for a few hours, but the water is safe to drink. The discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the water’s quality.
- Wait until the water runs clear at your tap before washing laundry. Be sure to check hot water supply for sediments. Wash a load of dark clothes first. If water pressure or volume seems low; remove your faucet screens and filters to check for trapped sediments.
For more information, please contact the Utilities Department at (850) 872-3191.