Capital Region Water Begins Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing & Inspection Program

Hydrant Flushing

HARRISBURG (April 03, 2018): Capital Region Water began its annual fire hydrant flushing and inspection program today. It is expected to take six to eight weeks to reach all 1,800 fire hydrants in Capital Region Water’s service area.

Why is this needed?

Annual fire hydrant flushing and inspections are vital to maintaining high quality drinking water. Flushing removes buildup in fire hydrants and water mains while hydrant inspections ensure reliable use for fire protection.

How will this affect customers’ water service?

Fire hydrant flushing may cause a temporary discoloration of water and a temporary reduction in water pressure. The discoloration is not harmful and can be flushed out by running cold water through a faucet. Check for discolored water before doing laundry when crews are flushing nearby. Customers can call 888-510-0606 or email with any questions.

Flushing Phases:

Flushing will begin at Reservoir Park and progress out toward Capital Region Water’s service area boundaries. Customers can check the progress of hydrant flushing on Capital Region Water’s website at

Public Notification:

Capital Region Water will be using an automated phone system,, and Twitter to notify customers as the flushing program progresses. Customers can sign up to receive automated messages about hydrant flushing by subscribing to “Service Alerts” at or by calling Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606.

More information can be found at