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Natchez Fire Department testing hydrants
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June 12, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

NATCHEZ, Miss. — The City of Natchez Fire Department is working with Natchez Water Works to test the fire hydrants throughout the entire city during the month of June. Testing will begin on June 14, 2017 and continue throughout the month.
Hydrants are tested for a number of reasons including:
1. Inspections - each hydrant is inspected to ensure that it works properly and there are not obstructions that would prevent/impair access or use of the hydrant during an emergency. If a Hydrant is not working properly it will be repaired.
2. Water flow – each hydrant will be tested for water flow. The hydrant is then painted for quick identification of the amount of water flow that is available from that hydrant. This is important on a fire scene when two hydrants are equal distance from the fire; the Fire Department wants to use the hydrant that will provide the most water for use at the emergency.
3. Identification of deficiencies – testing of the hydrants allows any deficiencies to be identified and remedied prior to a potential emergency situation.
4. State requirements – hydrant testing is required by the state and that data is used to develop insurance costs for residents and businesses.
During the testing the public may notice a few minor inconveniences. The fire trucks will be on the streets during the testing, please always use caution when you see a fire truck. Firefighters will be flowing water from the hydrants; there will be water flowing in the streets during the short test. When a hydrant is turned on a large volume of water flows through that hydrant (from less than 500 gallons per minute to greater than 1,500 gallons per minute depending on the hydrant). Flowing that amount of water though the water system can disturb sediment in the pipes and create cloudy water for a short period of time. The pattern that the Fire Department will use for hydrant testing will help to flow any cloudy water out of the system. If you experience cloudy water, running the cold water faucet for a period of time should clear it. If running water does not work, turn off the faucet and try again after a period of time. The cloudy water should not affect the safety of the water, but residents should avoid using the cloudy water and allow it to clear before using it. Avoid washing clothing or using the dishwasher while the water is cloudy. If clothing is washed in the cloudy water and is discolored, do not put in the dryer. Rewash the laundry again in clear water with a rust remover. It is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before using it for potable purposes (drinking and food preparation). Residents may want to store a small quantity of water in the refrigerator prior to testing for use during the testing period. If sediment is dislodged it may collect in individual faucet screens.
Hydrant testing will begin on June 14, 2017 and will continue until it is completed. The Natchez Fire Department plans to complete testing by the end of the month, but as an emergency services operation often regularly scheduled activities are delayed in order to respond to a variety of emergencies. You will know that testing is active in your area when you see the fire trucks on your street. The testing of each hydrant takes less than 20 minutes.
If you see the fire truck in your area, please watch for firefighters and water flowing. Fire Hydrants are painted based on a standard system to identify water flow, please do not paint hydrants. Hydrants also must be accessible in an emergency situation, please do not place fences, or plantings near the hydrant that would obstruct visibility or restrict access to the hydrant.
Additional question regarding Hydrant testing or the water system can be directed to the Natchez Fire Department (601 442 3684) or Natchez Water Works (601 445 5521).




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