LITTLE ROCK – During the month of April, the Little Rock Fire Department, in coordination with Central Arkansas Water (CAW), will be conducting begin inspecting and testing the first phase of the year 2018 flow-and-drain tests on public fire hydrants within the city limits of Little Rock. 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 inspections tests will begin on Saturday, March 24, and will continue each week through Friday, April 27. Each week, Fire Department crews will conduct tests during daylight hours to pose as little inconvenience as possible to residents and businesses. Testing occurs in different geographical areas of the City and is part of routine semi-annual maintenance.
The City of Little Rock, in coordination with CAW, conducts the flow-and-drain tests in April and October to ensure the fire hydrants are operating properly and are usable in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires water.
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 also advises customers to check for discolored water in their washing machines before washing clothes during the designated flushing period for their geographical area.
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.
The following is the March – April 2018 fire hydrant testing/inspection schedule for Little Rock:
March 24 – March 30
Area of the City of Little Rock within a line that roughly runs along University Avenue south from the Arkansas River to Fourche Creek at Mabelvale Pike and Arch Street, east to Broadway, and north to the Arkansas River (excludes the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/UALR and area south of Asher Avenue, east of University Avenue, and west of Fourche Creek)
March 31 – April 6
Area of the City of Little Rock east of Broadway Street
April 7 – 13
Area of the City of Little Rock roughly bounded by the Arkansas River on the north; University Avenue on the east; 28th Street on the south; and the city limits on the west
April 14 – 20
Area of the City of Little Rock west of University Avenue, area south of 28th Street, and all of Southwest Little Rock (includes Broadmoor Subdivision and UALR campus)
April 21 – 27
Customers with questions about the actual testing and inspection schedule for the fire hydrants should call Central Arkansas Water at (501) 377.1245 or the Little Rock Fire Department at (501) 918.3700. For a copy of the testing schedule and map, customers may visit the CAW website at www.carkw.com.
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