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 Hydrant Inspections 

WardDate Span
Ward 12Completed
Ward 6May 3 through May 28
Ward 7May 31 through July 9
Ward 9July 12 through August 13
Ward 10August 16 through September 24


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.