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Sandy Springs hydrant flushing could discolor water

Some Sandy Springs residents may see discolored water coming out of their taps in the coming weeks, as the Fire Department is inspecting and flushing all hydrants in the city, officials said.

Hydrant flushing is expected to go for several weeks, officials said. The flushing helps to ensure water quality and prevents buildup of minerals and sediments that can cause rusting in the water lines.

During the flushing process, water at the hydrant site and in nearby homes may temporarily appear rust-colored as iron and other mineral deposits are stirred up, officials said. The water is safe to use and drink, but it could stain laundry. To clear home lines, run a cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Information: www.sandyspringsga.gov or call the Citizen Response Center, 770-730-5600.

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