FLUSHING WATER MAINS is a seasonal task. Each Spring and Fall, the water mains are flushed to remove impurities that have accumulated. Water Superintendent Jeff Morey is pictured at the corner of Main and Broadway, shutting down the hydrant that is spewing out clean water.
Take time to look at the fire hydrants. Each has either red, orange, green or blue topknot as a quick reference for fire fighters. While flushing the mains this Fall, utilities men are installing reflective, colored collars that match the top color on each hydrant (see inset photo). Emmetsburg Fire Department purchased the collars that are being placed on the traffic side of the hydrant. The reflective collars can be seen at night.
Morey explained, this is a quick reference for fire fighters. Red designates the hydrant will pump 500 gallons or less per minute; orange designates 500 to 1,000 gallons per minute; green designates 1,000 to 1,500 gallons per minute; and blue designated 1,500 and more gallons per minutes. These indicators are a reminder for firemen to keep an eye on their pumps when fighting a fire, said Morey. --Jane Whitmore photo