May – June each year
10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday – Friday
The Lakewood Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants as an on-going program of hydrant and water maintenance. While hydrants are open, the homes on that block may experience discolored water or a drop in water pressure.
REASONS FOR TESTING
To alleviate accumulation of mineral deposits within the water mains, thus reducing the incidence of discolored water. Preventative maintenance to make sure each hydrant is in top operating condition.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE
Turn off any devices that automatically bring water into your home during flushing hours. Examples: Automatic ice makers, automatic yard sprinkling systems, etc. Avoid, if possible, running water. Examples: Doing laundry, running bathwater, etc.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE DISCOLORED WATER
Wait one (1) hour after you are sure hydrant flushing is completed for the day.
DO NOT USE HOT WATER.
Run COLD water from whatever faucet is closest to wherever the water supply enters your house (typically in the basement) for approximately fifteen (15) minutes. It should clear up. If problem continues, contact the Lakewood Water Department at: During Normal Business Hours M-F 7:30am-4:00pm (216) 529-6820.
WHEN WILL MY STREET BE FLUSHED?
The Lakewood Fire Department’s primary responsibility is to emergency responses. Therefore, it is not possible to predict when a street may not be flushed. The hydrant flushing starts on the north section of the city and progresses south. Additional Considerations: Likewise, hydrant flushing will not take place if it is raining.