Hydrant Inspections and Flushing

The Albany Water Department (AWD) inspects and flushes hydrants every year from April through November to ensure that every hydrant performs properly and reliably. There are about 3,500 hydrants in the City. Hydrant inspections occur only on weekdays.  

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 notification about hydrant inspections through Nixel alerts, SeeClickFix alerts, doorhangers, social media and electronic message boards.  For updates, follow AWD at Facebook.com/AlbanyWater @AlbanyWater


Approximate Schedule for 2019 Hydrant Inspection. The map showing hydrant inspection locations is temporarily unavailable. 

Ward 13  April 15-May 31 
Ward 11 June 3-July 10 
Ward 5 July 11-August 23 
Ward 4  August 26-September 30 
Ward 3 October 1-November 1
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.