Fire hydrant flushing, maintenance to last until December

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Fire hydrants across the city are being flushed and checked by Charleston Fire Department personnel. Crews started the process of flushing the lines on May 18.

Officials said the process began at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18 and will run on an schedule set to end on Dec. 1. Hydrants will be checked between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Fridays.

According to the fire department, checking the hydrants lets firefighters guarantee the operation through flushing, pressure testing, and basic preventive maintenance.

If crews find problems, they notify Charleston Water System.

Fire officials say the firefighters will be wearing safety vests when they're working near the roads, and they ask that drivers slow down when passing by a crew or standing water on the roads as a result of the testing.

Water customers in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. If this takes place, customers are advised to clear the pipes in their home or business by running all the water faucets for a few minutes, and to postpone washing clothes.

This discoloration usually lasts no more than a few hours.

More hydrant maintenance information can be found on the Charleston Fire Departments web page at