The new hydrant at the corner of 6th  Street and Ash Avenue was flushed Monday morning in preparation for making the new water mains operational.

Water was flowing from the new hydrant at the corner of 6th Street and Ash Avenue Monday morning. According to City Superintendent Tim Jost, the hydrant flushing was in conjunction with the installation of two blocks of waterline along Ash Avenue.

Jost explained that chlorinating the water is part of flushing the lines. “The water has to pass two Bac-T tests before the lines are put into service,” said Jost. ‘Bac-T’ testing, coined from the methods available for coliform detection, has become the industry standard for determining drinking water's sanitary quality.

“We can’t just turn the water back on,” said Jost. “We have to make sure it’s clean and safe.”