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Hydrants being flushed in Austin

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Austin firefighters began their annual hydrant maintenance Friday, with the focus this year on the northwest sector.

Residents in a neighborhood with a hydrant being flushed should be aware of the possibility of sediment getting into their water due to the work, Fire Chief Dan Wilson said. If your water is murky or dark, let it run for several minutes, he said.

Northwest Austin has more than 300 hydrants, Wilson said, with each taking about 15 to 20 minutes to do all of the maintenance work.

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The effort is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. six days a week, with the work likely being completed within three weeks.

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