Sulphur to begin testing city fire hydrants Nov 7th

The following is a news release from the City of Sulphur:

Mayor Chris Duncan has announced that the Sulphur Fire Department will begin testing and inspecting the City's fire hydrants on Monday, November 7th.  The testing is expected to be ongoing throughout the month of November.

Residents may notice discolored tap water as Fire Department personnel flush the City's fire hydrants.  This annual testing is essential to maintain the Fire Department Class 2 fire rating and to ensure that hydrants are operating efficiently.  Along with maintaining the fire rating, the testing monitors the "health" of the City's water system, identifies weak areas in the system, stirs up materials that settle in the hydrant, and cleans out the lines.

If you notice discoloration in your water, it is not a cause for concern.  Residents are encouraged to run water until it is clear before washing clothes or drinking it.  In most instances, the water will clear in approximately five minutes.  If the discoloration persists, residents should wait an hour and try again.

Even with the drought conditions that the City has experienced this year, flushing the hydrants should not affect the City's water supply.  The Fire and Water Departments will communicate constantly to make sure there is no major drop in water pressure.  If any problems should arise, the testing process will cease.