Bainbridge testing fire hydrants – what water customers need to know

Fire Hydrant
Fire Hydrant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bainbridge Public Safety, in conjunction with the Bainbridge Water Department, will be conducting Fire Hydrant Flushing and Testing beginning Monday, May 11, 2015.

The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity to insure the integrity of the water system and deliver the highest quality water to our customers. As a result of hydrant flushing, residents in the immediate area may experience temporary discoloration of their water.

This discoloration is harmless and generally consists of precipitates which do not affect the safety of water consumption. if you notice that your water is discolored, you can resolve this issue by running all water faucets inside your home until the water clears. If the water does not clear in a reasonable amount of time, please contact Public Services at 229-248-2015.

Also, Public Safety needs a clear 36″ area around all fire hydrants in order to connect fire hoses to put out fires. Crews will be clearing a 36″ area around all fire hydrants. We ask that if you have planted flowers or placed other items around the hydrants to please remove them and keep the area around the hydrant clear.

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