For immediate release: March 1, 2023
Contact: Office of the City manager
352-728-9786 ext. 1100
Fire Hydrant Testing Resumes
Leesburg’s Water Department will continue the annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program in March/April in the area east of 14th Street/US 27 as highlighted on the map. 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.