Hydrant Inspections & Flushing

The Albany Water Department (AWD) inspects and flushes hydrants throughout the year to ensure that every hydrant performs properly and reliably. There are about 3,500 hydrants in the City. 

View a map of current hydrant inspection locations.

Tentative Schedule for 2021/2022 Hydrant Inspections by City Wards

WardDate Span
Ward 12Completed
Ward 6Completed
Ward 7Completed
Ward 9Completed
Ward 10Completed
Ward 11Completed
Ward 1November 3 - December 3
Ward 2December 6 - January 7
Ward 3January 10 - February 4 


Hydrant flushing for inspection

What to Expect When Hydrants Near You Home Are Being Inspected:

  • Low water pressure.
  • Water discoloration. This is caused by stirring up of sediment in the system and is not harmful. 

Steps To Take:

  • Avoid doing laundry when water is discolored to prevent discoloration of clothes.
  • To remedy discoloration, run cold water in all your faucets for a few minutes or until clear.

Public Notification

Residents will receive door hanger notification in advance of hydrant inspections. For updates from AWD, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Regular hydrant inspection and flushing is vital in maintaining a good water supply for both firefighting and drinking water. If residents experience prolonged periods of water discoloration, they should call AWD dispatch at 518-434-5322.