Fire Department - Hydrants
The West Chester Loss Prevention Bureau oversees the maintenance of more than 3,500 fire hydrants in the community. This program is coordinated by West Chester working closely with Butler County Environmental Services on hydrant repair problems and to direct the annual maintenance of flushing and greasing of all fire hydrants within West Chester.
The West Chester Fire Department has a great concern for the life safety of our residents. Obscuring hydrants hinders life safety operations. Every second counts when a fire occurs. In the event of an actual or potential fire, one of the first things responders do is find a suitable fire hydrant to use.
Please DO NOT obstruct fire hydrants. There should be no obstructions within three feet of the fire hydrant and the hydrant MUST be visible from the street in either direction. This will help prevent a loss of time that could mean a loss of life or property.Common obstructions include:
- Flowers and flower beds
- Brushes and shrubs
- Fences or fence posts
- Entire landscape beds
Hydrant Flushing Program
Every summer, the West Chester Fire Department flushes fire hydrants as part of an overall maintenance program. Residents are notified of when hydrant flushing is scheduled in their neighborhood through this website and West Chester's community television channels.
In general, hydrant flushing poses very little inconvenience to property owners. On the day that your street is due to have hydrants flushed, water from faucets may become cloudy or brownish. Let cold water run for 2-3 minutes at the lowest area of your home (basement laundry tub).
If you have cloudy or milky water it is usually caused by dissolved air bubbles coming out of the water and is harmless and should clear up in a few minutes. If you have rusty or yellow water, rust deposits were stirred up by flushing the fire hydrant. Rusty water will generally clear up 2 to 3 hours after the fire hydrant is closed. When water is rusty it can stain laundry. If possible, please avoid doing laundry on the day your street is scheduled. If clothes do become stained, keep them moist, obtain a rust remover and follow the directions on the package. If you need further assistance call Butler County Environmental Services at 887-3066.