Hydrant Flushing has been extended through the end of October

Beginning July 1st and during the course of the next several weeks after that, the City of Belton Combined Utilities Department is conducting fire hydrant flow testing throughout the Belton area. This effort is to ensure the effectiveness of the hydrants in meeting fire service requirements. The testing will involve flowing one hydrant then the opening of another hydrant along the same line to measure flow volume and pressure. The plan is to complete testing on 10 to 15 hydrants per day.

If you have questions or concerns please call a City of Belton Combined Utilities customer service representative at 864-338-0058 or send an email to waterworks@cityofbeltonsc.com

Testing of the entire system is expected to last several weeks. Although most residents will not experience issues with their water service during this process, there is a chance that a small decrease in water pressure may be noticed. Testing should last only 15 to 20 minutes. Additionally, there is the possibility that water discoloration may occur along with the presence of sediment in the water. It is important to note that none of these items pose a health hazard.

If water discoloration occurs, or if there is debris in your water, simply turn off your faucet and wait several minutes. Then turn the faucet back on and run the cold water for a few minutes, allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water remains cloudy, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours.

Understanding that the possibility of water discoloration exists, we ask that you NOT wash laundry or use dishwashers during the flushing. You should also check for discolored water after flushing prior to washing laundry or utilizing a dishwasher. If discoloration of your water does occur, wait until the water runs clear. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover.

It is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before using it for potable purposes. Residents may want to store a small quantity of chilled water in their refrigerator in advance of testing for use during the testing period.

Frequently Asked Questions

To increase the public’s knowledge of this process we are providing the below information. Should you have questions about your water quality please contact City of Belton Combined Utilities at 864-338-0058 or waterworks@cityofbeltonsc.com.

What is the purpose of this testing?

The City of Belton is conducting fire hydrant flow testing to ensure adequate flow and pressure exists to meet the requirements of fire control.

Will every fire hydrant be tested?

Yes.

How long will be the process take at each hydrant?

Approximately 15 to 20 minutes, although times may vary depending on test results.

Will I have access to water during the flushing and is the water safe?

Yes and yes. Because the City of Belton maintains millions of gallons of drinkable water in storage, the effects of the flushing are expected to be minimal.

What, if anything, could occur in relation to my water supply during the flushing?

While most City of Belton customers may not notice any effect of the fire hydrant flushing, there are three things that could occur during the process—

  1. There may be a discoloration in the water.
  2. There may be debris in your water. This is merely normal sediment from the lines that has been stirred due to the flushing.If discoloration occurs, or if there is debris in your water, simply turn off your faucet and wait several minutes. Then turn the faucet back on and run the cold water for a few minutes, allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water remains cloudy, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.Understanding that the possibility of water discoloration exists, we ask that you NOT wash laundry or use dishwashers during the flushing. You should also check for discolored water after flushing prior to washing laundry or utilizing a dishwasher. If discoloration of your water does occur, wait until the water runs clear. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.
  3. There may be a decrease is water pressure that should return to normal immediately following fire hydrant flushing. If water pressure does not return to normal, check your faucet and washer screens for trapped debris.

If water discoloration or lack of pressure lasts for more than 24 hours please contact the City of Belton Combined Utilities department at 864-338-0058 or waterworks@cityofbeltonsc.com

Is it okay to drink sediment-laden or discolored water during this event?

It is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before using it for potable purposes. Residents may want to store a small quantity of chilled water in their refrigerator in advance of testing for use during the testing period.

Will the flow testing impact the water pipes inside my home?

No. Our officials are trained on how to properly operate fire hydrants to avoid such damage.

Will water flowing from the hydrant cause damage to my property?

Every effort will be made to prevent property damage. In the unlikely event that damage did occur, please contact us at 864-338-0058.

What should I do when I see City crews flushing hydrants in my area?

If you see a City crew flushing hydrants, PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY.