Posted on: May 2, 2016

Fire Hydrant Maintenance and Flushing Program


The Panama City Utility Dept. in conjunction with the Panama City Fire Dept. will begin a Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program in May 2017 and continue until the project is complete.   The work will be conducted between the hours of 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM.  This is an essential and necessary function of the maintenance program and helps in our ongoing effort to deliver the safest and highest quality water possible to our customers. 

The hydrant flushing is conducted for the following reasons:

•Flushes sediments from water mains 

•Verifies the proper operation of the fire hydrants to assure adequate water for firefighting. 

•Helps maintain mandatory chlorine residual in low usage areas.  

What should I do when hydrants are being flushed in my neighborhood?

•Avoid running tap water and using the washing machine and 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 off the water and wait thirty minutes. Check the water’s clarity again by running the cold water for a few minutes so that clean water can work its way into your pipes. If it is still discolored, wait an additional 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 its quality. 

•Wait until the water runs clear at your tap before washing laundry. Be sure to check the hot water supply for sediments. Wash a load of dark clothes first. If the water pressure or volume seems low, remove the faucet screens and filters to check for trapped sediments. 

In the fall, the Fire Department conducts flow testing and flushing. This program is typically done at night and the hydrants are opened completely to test the volume of water available. Since this practice dramatically affects the sediments that accumulate in the water lines, it is done at night to minimize the impact on the customers. For more information, please contact the Utility Administration office at (850) 872-3191. Please share this information with other City water customers and direct them to the City website for details at

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