Leesburg Water Department begins hydrant testing

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For immediate release:  January 9, 2023
Contact:  Office of the City manager
                      352-728-9786 ext. 1100
                       citymanager@leesburgflorida

Leesburg Water Department begins hydrant testing

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          LEESBURG, FL - The City of Leesburg Water Department will start the annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program in January. Testing is expected to be completed by the end of May. The work will be done in phases throughout the city. 
Fire Hydrant Testing Area Jan 2023-Ph I

          The first phase of testing will take place January 10-12, 2023 in southwest Leesburg.  The Water Department will post signs in each area to inform customers when testing is scheduled to occur.

          Some areas may experience low water pressure during testing.  Sediment stirred up by the hydrant flushing may accumulate in water lines and can affect water clarity. 

          Citizens who experience any unusual problems with their water after the hydrants are tested, such as discolored water or excessive air, are encouraged to turn on a faucet outside of the house and let it run for five to ten minutes. This will normally clear the agitated water from the service line to the home. Please delay any laundry until both the hot and cold water lines of the washer have cleared all sediment and returned to normal. 

          A slight decline in water quality is common immediately after hydrant testing takes place. If water quality does not improve or further problems occur, contact the City of Leesburg Public Works Department at (352) 728-9835.

          This program allows the City to identify the quantity of water available for firefighting purposes and serves to rid the water distribution system of accumulations of sediment. The testing and maintenance process includes capturing flow readings along with flushing of the fire hydrant and line.

          Information on testing areas and dates will also be posted on the city website at www.leesburgflorid.gov and the City of Leesburg Florida Facebook page.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 28,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg is also a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.
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