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Fire Hydrant Testing in July

Fire Hydrant Testing in July

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July 10, 2023

Fire Hydrant Testing in July

          The City's annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program will continue In July. The Fire Department will be checking hydrants in the Chelsea Park and Stonegate communities this week. On July 12th, they will be servicing hydrants in Lake Griffin Mobile Home Park. Signs will be posted in each area to inform customers when testing is scheduled to occur.Fire-Hydrant-flushing-Water-bigstock-Col-229445374

          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.