The North Little Rock Fire Department, in coordination with Central Arkansas Water, will be testing public fire hydrants November 1 – 30, 2018. 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 purpose of the inspections tests is are two-fold: To check fire hydrants for proper operation, leaks, and other possible maintenance concerns to ensure the fire hydrants are operating properly and are usable in the event of a fire or other emergency. 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 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.