Paducah Water currently has over 3,000 fire hydrants within its distribution system. We are required to flush each of these fire hydrants one time each year. We may flush as many as three to four times each year system wide. Hydrants on some dead-end lines may be flushed monthly. This is done to ensure optimum water quality and fire protection as required by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Division of Water.
The purpose of flushing is to remove sedimentation and mineral deposits that have settled on the bottom of the water mains. Flushing in the Paducah system begins at the Water Treatment Plant and continues throughout the remainder of the distribution system. Flushing in the Reidland system begins at the Water Treatment Plant and continues throughout the remainder of the distribution system.
Temporary discolored or cloudy water could be a routine occurrence for customers within the immediate area during or immediately following the flushing operation. If this occurs, you will need to immediately open your cold water tap to a full flow for a short period of time after the flushing crew has left the area. If the problem persists, you need to contact us at (270) 442-2746 during normal business hours or (270) 442-4747 outide normal business hours and report the problem. The discoloration is a result of mineral deposits that have become encrusted on the water pipe's interior wall. This mineralized sediment is not harmful, but may cause laundry stains. If you have any question or concerns regarding our flushing program, please call us at (270) 442-2746 or e-mail us at Water Quality.