City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Fire Hydrants

Fire hydrant flushing has concluded for 2018. If you are still experiencing discoloration in your water please read below for more information or contact the Upper Arlington Fire Division at 614-583-5100. 

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Fire Hydrant District Map

2018 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Hydrant flushing was performed by Emergency Operations personnel from April 23-May 4, 2018.

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Residents could experience discoloration of water up to 48 hours after flushing has taken place.

Residents are cautioned to refrain from doing laundry during this period. Before resuming laundering, partially fill washers until the water runs clear. Run a sample of water into a transparent container to check for settling or discoloration. Once the water is clear, the washer can be spun out to drain the tub for a normal laundry load.

Turn on all faucets in the house and allow water to run freely until it appears clear again. Avoid turning on hot water taps during the flushing period, because the water heater will replenish itself with rusty water, which will remain in storage in the tank until used up.

Some persons will experience staining of clothes and other items despite these notices. Clothes should be kept damp or wet to prevent the stains from setting. The recommended "rust-removers" or "rust fighters" are carried among the cleaning products at grocery and hardware stores. Most of these cleaners direct you to add them to a regular laundry load and run it again.

Any questions related to fire hydrant flushing should be directed to the main Fire Division number at 614-583-5100.

Any questions related to fire hydrant flushing should be directed to the main Fire Division number at 614-583-5100.


 Beginning in June, 2014, the city Water and Sewer Systems Code was amended to require visual indication when fire hydrants are on private water mains, and to clearly state that the property owner is responsible for any maintenance.

 Private hydrants are to be painted red and white rather than yellow, which is consistent with the practice of the city of Columbus.

 If requested by the property owner in writing, the Upper Arlington Fire Division will perform the annual inspection and testing (flushing and pumping) of all private hydrants within the city.