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City: Opening fire hydrants necessary

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Water in Texas is a precious commodity with many cities already under water restrictions. But the city of Dallas says sometimes it needs to let water flow from fire hydrants.

Sammy Aycock owns a business near a hydrant on the corner of 8th and Corinth streets. He said he can't help but to get frustrated seeing water flowing from it day in and day out.

"They're wasting our water right there," he said. "It makes me really angry… really, really angry."

Aycock claims the hydrant has been open for three or more weeks.

"They turn it on every day, every morning and every evening. In fact, a lot of times I can't even open up because the water is running on my lot and I can't put my display out."

While it may look wasteful, Dallas said what it is doing is flushing the pipeline and that is "an important part of system maintenance that helps sustain optimal water quality."

 The city said it has to be done when making pipe repairs, for new construction or to test the flow of water in the pipelines.

Many of the 5,000 miles of water lines in Dallas are more than 100 years old and the city said flushing the lines like this, especially in the summer heat, could prevent future water main breaks.

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