The Fallon/Churchill Fire Department has been testing fire hydrants during April and May.
During this period of peak fire demand water testing, it is common for water consumers to experience discolored water. The discoloration occurs due to abnormally high flows in the piping system, which can stir up small amounts of naturally occurring sediment. Please understand that although the water may be discolored, it has been properly treated and is entirely safe. If the water is heavily discolored, you may wish to temporarily refrain from drinking or washing clothes. The water discoloration will typically be gone within a few hours after the fire flow testing is completed. After testing is complete, any discolored water in your home can usually be removed by flushing your water pipes for several minutes. It is best to flush cold water from an outdoors hose bib or an interior bathtub fixture.
The city regrets any inconvenience that may result from this vitally important fire flow testing of our water system. If you have questions, contact the City Engineer’s office at 423-5107.