This is a press release from Bloomfield Township. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

The Bloomfield Fire Department, in partnership with the Bloomfield Engineering Department will begin routine, mandatory hydrant flushing this Friday. Residents that may be impacted by the hydrant flushing will be notified ahead of time on the township cable channel and the township website to minimize disruption.

“Hydrant flushing is a routine maintenance process that our Fire Department and Engineering Department jointly perform in a quick and efficient manner,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “It is our goal to have preemptive communication with residents so that they know when this will be taking place in their neighborhood. Please monitor the town cable channel and our website to stay up to date with when this will be taking place in your neighborhood.”

“Our department works hard to protect the people of Bloomfield and part of this includes performing regular maintenance and inspections,” said Fire Chief Lou Venezia. “Not only is hydrant flushing required but it is a critical task that we do so that when we need these hydrants during a fire we know that they will function properly without incident.”

Regular hydrant flushing is required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the National Fire Protection Association to flush out sentiment and to check to ensure that the hydrants are functioning properly among other things.

There are roughly 1200 fire hydrants in the township that will be serviced and that process will take approximately four months to complete.