The Angier-Black River Fire Department will begin conducting hydrant testing Oct. 12. Testing should last approximately a month and end Nov. 12.
This procedure determines the amount of water available for firefighting at each hydrant. It also ensures hydrants and valves are working properly and helps to maintain a high level of water quality.
Customers should note this procedure can cause water discoloration for short periods of time. Discolored water may occur when sediments in pipes are disturbed by the pressure changes while water is flowing. If this occurs, officials ask that customers be patient with this operation as it is vital to emergency preparedness and is required for the insurance rating.
Tips to help alleviate discoloration include:
- When washing clothes, fill the machine with cold water before adding laundry to verify the water is clear.
- This prevents dirty water being drawn through the hot water heater.
- In the event of discolored water, flush for 10 minutes every hour through an outside faucet.
If you have questions or problems during the testing, call the Angier-Black River Fire Department at 919-639-6234 or the Town of Angier Public Utilities at 919-639-2071.
-Dunn Daily Record