Hydrant Flushing

The Metropolitan District flushes approximately 11,000 fire hydrants throughout its towns beginning in spring through the end of summer of each year. This is done to maintain the quality of our water and ensure that the fire hydrants servicing your community are in good working condition for fire protection.

Fire hydrant flushing can temporarily result in discolored water.  If discolored water occurs in your home, run the cold water in your bathtub for approximately 20 minutes until the water runs clear. This discoloration is not harmful and is due to sediment and iron that collects in the pipe throughout the year which is disturbed and removed by the flushing process.

As part of the MDC fire hydrant flushing process, the MDC continuously takes water samples throughout the area to ensure that the sediment has been cleared from the system.

If the discolored water persists please contact the MDC's 24-Hour Emergency Command Center 860-278-7850 and press 1.

Glastonbury - June 9 through June 28
East Hartford - May 25 through June 16
South Windsor - May 25 through June 16
Rocky Hill - May 17 through May 31
Newington - May 15 through May 25
Wethersfield - May 4 through May 19
Windsor - April 26 through May 11
Bloomfield - April 20 through May 15
East Granby - April 20 through May 15
Hartford - April 13 through May 1
West Hartford - March 27 through April 17
Farmington - March 27 through April 10