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Fire department to test hydrants

Staff Report

The Fallon/Churchill Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants during April and May in the evenings from Monday to May 17.

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. Although the water may be discolored, it has been properly treated and is entirely safe. If the water is heavily discolored, residents 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 outdoor hose bib or an interior bathtub fixture.

For questions, contact the city engineer’s office at 775-423-9863.