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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Fire Department begins fire hydrant testing program

The City of Minot Fire Department began its annual fire hydrant quality assurance program on May 16, with hydrant testing taking place Tuesday mornings through October.

“Most fire hydrants do not get used on a regular basis,” said Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief Lonnie Sather. “With this program, we can identify any problems and have them corrected by the Water Department, which will save the Fire Department valuable time during a fire.”

The first hydrants to be inspected and tested on May 16 include hydrants east and south of Highway 2 Bypass East to 55th Street Southeast, including Wheatland Village.

This year, the program consists of inspecting and flowing fire hydrants south of Highway 2 & 52 and east of Broadway, and hydrants north of Burdick Expressway and east of Broadway. The work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday mornings from May 16 through October.

“National fire standards recommend that this program be done to check for proper operation of fire hydrants along with insuring there is an adequate water supply to fight fires,” Sather said.

When hydrants are flowed, iron deposits in the water lines are stirred up, which can cause a brown discoloration in the water. This condition is temporary and will correct itself in a few hours. On the days when hydrants are flowed, Sather recommends residents let their cold water run for a short time to make sure it’s clear before using it. While the water is safe to drink, it is recommended that residents do not wash any white clothes on mornings when the hydrants are flushed.

“If your water is discolored, it will clear up on its own under normal usage,” Sather said. “It’s also best to limit the use of your hot water until it’s clear, as this will help stop iron deposits from settling into your hot water heater.”

There are several long-term benefits to the hydrant program, including insuring the hydrants are in good working condition, reducing and removing iron deposits in water lines, and improving the overall quality of the city’s water system.

The locations of the areas being tested each week will be listed on the City of Minot’s website: www.minotnd.org. If residents have questions or concerns, please contact the Minot Water De-partment at 857-4150 or the Minot Fire Department at 857-4740.

“There will be at least three different crews doing these tests on Tuesday mornings, and because of problems they could run in to, they may be moving to different areas of the city daily,” Sather said. “We recommend that all residents in and around the testing areas check the clarity of their water on Tuesdays prior to washing laundry.”

For additional information or interviews contact the Public Information Office at 701-857-4727 or by email at pio@minotnd.org.

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