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Albany Water Department Announces 2019 Fire Hydrant Inspection Schedule

April 08, 2019



Date: April 8, 2019 
Contact: Emily Lyons 
(518) 434-5333

For Immediate Release

Albany, NY – Starting mid-April the Albany Water Department (AWD) will be inspecting and flushing fire hydrants within the City. This is part of an annual program to ensure that every hydrant performs properly and reliably, and will be ongoing through November 2019. 

Residents are advised to be aware when hydrant inspections are occurring in their neighborhood, as the process can cause lower water pressure and temporary water discoloration. Discoloration is caused by the stirring up of sediment in the system and is not harmful. However; if a load of laundry is washed while water is discolored, discoloration to your clothes may occur. 

“As the Fire Department, Albany residents expect us to respond quickly to emergency situations,” said Fire Department Chief Joe Gregory. “However, our firefighting services only work when we have readily available access to water. The Water Department’s Hydrant Program helps guarantee that this water supply is available when residents need it most.”  

Hydrant inspections will only take place on weekdays. When hydrant inspections are occurring in your neighborhood, AWD advises to limit laundry washes, and to check for discolored water before doing laundry.

A map will be updated at to show where active hydrant inspections are occurring, and the location for upcoming hydrant inspections. Notifications will also be sent through SeeClickFix alerts, Nixel alerts, doorhangers, and electronic message boards. Residents can also follow AWD on social media to receive updates at and

“Inspecting and flushing the approximately 3,500 hydrants located in the City is a big task, and we understand it comes with some inconvenience,” said Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey. “We appreciate the cooperation of residents in helping us complete this necessary process to ensure adequate fire protection.”
The water discoloration should be temporary, and can be resolved by running cold water faucets for a few minutes or until clear. If any residents experience prolonged periods of water discoloration, they should call AWD dispatch at 518-434-5322. 

Tentative Schedule for 2019 Hydrant Inspections 
Please visit for updates to this schedule and a map of active inspection locations. 
Ward 13 April 15 – May 31
Ward 11 June 3 – July 26 
Ward 5 July 29 – September 13
Ward 4 September 16 – November 1