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Park Rapids to flush fire hydrants next week

The city of Park Rapids utility department will be flushing fire hydrants Monday through Friday, June 8-12.

Hydrant flushing is done each year to clean out pipe accumulation that has built up over the year.

During the flushing, people might experience discolored water, said Dean Christofferson, utility maintenance employee for the city of Park Rapids. The discolored water is due to old pipes being rusty and having buildup, he said.

He wants people to make sure they look at their water before washing clothes, for example, because fabrics could get stained.

The flushing will start Monday and hopefully be completed by the end of the week. It is a big job, with almost 500 hydrants in town, Christofferson said.