HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton Township announced on Thursday that local fire hydrant flushing will be occurring throughout the community in coming days.

Flushing hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrant and ensures adequate water flow will be available if the need for firefighting arises.

Flushing also removes sediment that naturally accumulates in water pipes. Removing these materials through flushing maintains the high quality of the water we provide to you.

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When hydrant flushing occurs you may notice slightly yellow, orange, or brown-colored water coming from your faucet. If this happens, simply run your cold water tap for three to five minutes. If the water is still discolored, wait about 30 minutes and run the water again.

This temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water – it does not cause a health or safety risk.

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