Area briefs

Blood drive set

TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church will sponsor a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 10 in the Avenue, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City, to honor October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help Community Blood Center meet the critical need for blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors must make an appointment at or by calling (937) 461-3220.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “Wake Up It’s Time to Support the Fight” T-shirt honoring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month or can chose the “Wake Up & Give” or “Time to Save a Life” T-shirt from earlier in the “Wake Up & Donate” campaign.

Donors will also be automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate” drawing to win a custom Sleep Number bed.

Learn, earn with Great Miami U

MIAMI VALLEY — Learn about the region’s water, earn your water diploma, and maybe win a gift card to a local brewery or coffee shop. It’s all available at the Great Miami Watershed University (Great Miami U).

The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) is launching Great Miami U on Thursday, Oct. 1 as part of the national Value Water campaign to raise awareness about the importance of water and the often invisible water challenges facing our country.

“The Miami Valley is fortunate to have plenty of water, making it easy to take water for granted,” said Sarah Hippensteel Hall, MCD manager of watershed partnerships. “Great Miami U is a fun and easy way to learn about our region’s water.”

Go to and click on the Great Miami Watershed University logo to get started. The campaign runs through Oct. 31.

Hydrant flushing to end

PIQUA — The City of Piqua Underground Utilities Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing on Monday, Oct. 5.

Hydrant flushing will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The program may take up to five weeks to complete.

The primary purpose of this program is to verify the proper operation of the city’s fire hydrants through periodic inspections, flow testing,and preventative maintenance. Secondarily, a pro-active hydrant flushing program is the key to mitigating water quality related aesthetic problems by removing accumulated iron and manganese mineral deposits from the water line.

Fire hydrant flushing may cause temporary inconveniences such as a reduction in water pressure and aesthetic issues such as discoloration of the drinking water. Discolored water poses no threat to the public’s health, but it will stain laundry and if consumed may have an unpleasant taste. Residents should be certain all discolored water is out of their home’s plumbing and hot water heater prior to laundering clothes or drinking. In the event that clothes become discolored due to the flushing operations, do not place the clothes in the dryer. A commercial fabric rust removal detergent is available from the Piqua Underground Utilities Department at 121 Bridge St.

Although residents may experience some temporary inconveniences, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for both firefighting and domestic purposes. Your cooperation with this program is appreciated. If you continue to notice discolored water coming from your fixture please flush the cold water side for approximately 5 minutes. If the discoloration persists, please feel free to contact the City of Piqua Underground Utilities Department at 778-2018. Questions or concerns regarding this program may be directed to Shane Johnson, Underground Utilities Department Superintendent at (937) 778-2018, Ext. 3, or Justin Jamison, at (937) 778-2018, Ext 2.