Maumelle Fire Hydrant Testing beginning June 20, 2016

MAUMELLE — Starting June 20, 2016, Central Arkansas Water (CAW), in coordination with the Maumelle Fire Department, will be inspecting, painting silver, and conducting flow-and-drain tests on public fire hydrants within the city limits of Maumelle.  Because the inspections involve the increased flow of water from fire hydrants, some customers may notice discolored water at the tap during the process.

The flow-and-drain hydrant inspection tests will begin on Monday, June 20, and will continue through the end of July.  CAW crews will conduct inspections and tests during daylight hours to pose as little inconvenience as possible to residents and businesses.

The purpose of the inspections tests is two-fold:  To check fire hydrants for proper operation, leaks, and other possible maintenance concerns to ensure the fire hydrants are usable in the event of a fire or other emergency, and to comply with the requirements of the City’s Class 3 fire insurance rating.  A quality firefighting system means better protection of people, property, and public health and, in some cases, lower home insurance premiums.  The flow-and-drain tests also help to enhance water quality by turning over water in low-usage water mains.

The increased flow of water from the hydrants during testing occasionally can result in discolored water at the customer’s tap.  The discolored water is safe, but can stain clothing, so customers are advised NOT TO WASH clothing in the discolored water.  CAW further advises customers to check for discolored water in their washing machines before washing clothes during the designated flushing period.

If a customer has discolored water for more than an extended period of time, the customer should call Central Arkansas Water at (501) 377.1239.

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