City flushing fire hydrants; watch for water color change

Cleo Hayes III (left) and Stanley Edmond flush a fire hydrant on the corner of Lynch and Pearl Streets last week.

Staff Writer

   Some harmless discoloration in tap water is to be expected as Grenada Water and Sewer personnel flush hydrants this month.
   Red or yellow coloration in the water could occur, according to Water Superintendent Dale Ratliff, because chemicals settle in the lines.
   The department is flushing lines to bring back clear water and to maintain the system, Ratliff said.
   Last week, Stanley Edmond and his partner, Cleo Hayes III stood at the corner of Lynch Street and Pearl Street. Hayes turned a wrench he’d fitted over a bolt on top of the fire hydrant. As Hayes turned, gallons of foamy white water spewed out into the street.
   “This is number 100,” Edmond shouted over the gush.
   That was 100 of some 800 hydrants, Edmond said.
   “It should take us about a month and a half,” said Edmond. “Some lines have to be flushed more than others, so the amount of water we have to evacuate fluctuates from hydrant to hydrant.”
   There are some 8,500 meters on the Grenada water system.
   The city sells 55 million gallons a month, to customers that reach into Calhoun, Montgomery, Webster, Carroll and Tallahatchie Counties.
   “We’re the third largest, non-metropolitan system in the state,” said Ratliff.

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