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Spring hydrant flushing begins this week

There is no set schedule for flushing and changes every day depending on a number of factors
Hydrant flushing is done twice a year in Stratford, usually in the fall and spring.

It’s that time of year again. 

Starting this week, the City of Stratford will begin its spring hydrant flushing.

The city does flushing twice a year – typically in the spring and fall – to clean out some of the iron deposits that build up over time in watermains and as preventative maintenance, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.

The flushing schedule is not fixed. 

It changes every day depending on a number of factors, including the weather, availability of staff, and the length of time it takes to clear the hydrants in a neighbourhood.

Residents may temporarily experience discoloured water as a result of this flushing process but water quality is not affected. Discoloured water will clear, but it’s best to wait until it has cleared before doing laundry.