The Importance of Flushing Fire Hydrants


Flushing the water system through our Fire Hydrants on a routine basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed. The Village of Los Lunas maintains several miles of water lines throughout our service area and it is our policy to flush our entire system semi-annually.

Los Lunas Firefighter Flushing Fire Hydrant

The Importance of Flushing Water Lines

Residents who notice the Fire Department employees working on fire hydrants and see water running into the street may think that the Village is ignoring its own philosophy on conserving water. The process of periodically "flushing" fire hydrants, however, is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to you our customer.

Please be advised that as a result of the flushing procedure:

1. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and precipitates and does not affect the safety of the water.
a. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing, please be sure to clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets for a minute or two or until all traces of discoloration disappear.
Note: please remember to avoid washing white clothes for at least 24 hours.
2. This same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should also use in your own home. Your home's water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year to keep it working efficiently and to protect your homes water quality.
a. Also, if you go out of town and there is no water use in your home for a week or more, when you return it's always a good idea to run all your faucets for a minute or so before using the water. This ensures that you don't use any stagnant water that may have developed in your home while you were away.
“While it is both essential and important to maintain the quality of our water for our customers … it is important that each customer be aware of the possible impacts on your water and to be careful about your water use during and immediately after flushing.” Village Management.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to contact:
Ray Vigil, Water/Sewer Supervisor, at (505) 352-7657.

Call the Utility Billing Division Office at (505) 839-3841 from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday (except holidays).
For after-hours please, call (505) 865-9130.