The Manhattan Fire Department is starting its annual fire hydrant maintenance program this week.
Hydrants will be flowing and getting painted throughout the city from now until late fall. Flowing occurs every year to ensure proper operation and to flush out water lines. If you notice yellow or rust-colored water in your home after crews have flowed fire hydrants in your area, the department recommends running water in a bathtub or shower until it clears. If it doesn’t clear up, contact the City of Manhattan customer service office at 785-587-2480 or the fire department at 785-587-4502.
Residents are urged to use caution when in the area where crews are flowing the hydrants. The water flowing may be at a high enough pressure and volume to cause damage to vehicles if driven through the flowing water. Children should be advised not to play in or ride bicycles through the flowing water.