Canal Winchester news briefs

CW hydrant flushing
Canal Winchester’s Division of Water opens fire hydrants around the community twice each year during its fire hydrant flushing schedule. This allows water to flow through pipes, enhancing water quality by flushing sediment from mainline pipes. Flushing also verifies proper operation of hydrants and valves, and maintains firefighting capabilities. Spring fire hydrant flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through May 3.

If you see hydrant flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew. If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, your washing machine, or your dishwasher until flushing in the area is complete.

During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may come out with sediment that causes discoloration. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health threat.

Should you experience discoloration or other difficulties resulting from hydrant flushing, the water department suggests the following:

•If water pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

•If you encounter discolored water, shut your water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes to allow the new water to flow into your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water is completely clear.

•Avoid washing laundry during the scheduled flushing hours. After hydrants in your area have been flushed, wait until water runs clear from your tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry before doing lights or whites.

To learn more about the city’s fire hydrant flushing program, including when the city will be flushing in your area, contact Canal Winchester’s Division of Water at 614-837-5623.

How Do You STEAM ?
The city of Canal Winchester and COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, invite you to the “How Do You STEAM?” expo happening on May 2, from 4-6 p.m. at the Canal Winchester Community Center, 45 E. Waterloo St.

This event is one of many occurring in Central Ohio as part of the COSI Science Festival, Ohio’s largest STEM/STEAM event. The expo isn’t just about careers; it’s about celebrating the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) we encounter every day. From parks and sports to food and hobbies, it will showcase how STEAM weaves through the fabric of our lives. Visitors will enjoy free, hands-on demonstrations and giveaways from local businesses.

The event is open to the public, although it best suited for ages 7-10. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Vendors include: City of Canal Winchester Public Works; Diley Ridge Medical Center; Square Canvas; OSU Extension – Franklin & Fairfield Counties; Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District; and more.

For more STEAM fun, be sure to check out COSI’s Big Science Celebration on May 4. Experience over 100 exhibitor stations with hands-on science hosted by STEAM professionals, researchers, and experts from Central Ohio and beyond. This exciting, free experience is located on the Scioto Peninsula, surrounding COSI, and takes place on the last day of the COSI Science Festival. For information, visit cosiscifest.org.

CW Tree Giveaway
City of Canal Winchester residents will have the opportunity to pick up a free tree at the city’s 23rd annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, 30 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester, on May 4 from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine. Approximately 120 trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per household.

The annual giveaway and associated programs are part of an initiative by the city’s Street Tree Advisory Board and the Department of Public Service Division of Stormwater to increase canopy coverage, prevent soil erosion, and promote clean air throughout the Canal Winchester community. According to Canal Winchester’s Urban Forester Dick Miller,

“Distributing new trees to private property owners in Canal Winchester benefits us all and is essential in growing the city’s green canopy.”

Miller added, “The majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and riverine corridors in Canal Winchester. Anything your street tree advisory board and stormwater department can do to further the goal of planting more of the right tree in the right place is a plus for the city. Trees are the only part of the city’s infrastructure that will grow on their own and increase in value and function over time.”

The giveaway is open to city of Canal Winchester residents living within the city’s corporation limits only. Proof of residency is required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license. During the giveaway, members of the Street Tree Advisory Board can answer questions about residential selections.

For information, contact Urban Forester Dick Miller, 614-834-5110.

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