Carolina Beach Flushing Fire Hydrants; May Impact Water Quality

Carolina Beach Flushing Fire Hydrants; May Impact Water Quality

By / Local News / Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Fire Department began flushing area fire hydrants on June 8th and should finish by the end of this month.
According to officials the flushing is required to test hydrants by opening them and measuring the flow to assure proper operation.
According to officials, "While on site the fire department will also clean and inspect hydrants. Any issues or concerns will be documented."
The volume of water moving through the hydrants may
cause some discoloration of water for some customers. Fire Department officials say utility crews will be working with the fire department to provide additional flushing when needed to address any issues.
In a notice released earlier this week the department explained, "Flushing maintains water quality and cleans water lines of sediment and other residue that may have accumulated over time. It also insures all of the Town's fire hydrants are in proper working order" and, "Although very beneficial to residents and our fire department, testing may
temporarily cause low water pressure. While displeasing in appearance, this does not indicate the water is unsafe. As an extra precaution, please run water from your tap until clear before drinking or using it to cook. Since discolored water may cause staining, please refrain from doing laundry until the water is clear."
If your water becomes discolored while you are doing laundry, wait until the water clears and rewash the laundry in clear, cold water. Using a rust stain remover should help to remove any stains from the garments. Do not use hot water or bleach while rewashing your laundry.
For more information, contact the Fire Department at 910-458-2985.

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