The Somerville Fire Department will begin the annual inspection of all fire hydrants on Monday, August 18, 2014 and conclude on Saturday, August 30, 2014. This procedure requires the flushing of water from the hydrants as well as a check of the mechanical operation of the hydrant. The inspection/testing program will take approximately two weeks to complete.
As a result of the inspection/testing, some sediment may be disturbed in the water mains causing rusty water in homes or business establishments. It is suggested that residents and businesses draw sufficient water for drinking and cooking. The rusty water will appear dirty or discolored but does not pose a health hazard. This rusty condition will be a temporary one and should clear in a few hours.
This annual inspection/testing of fire hydrants is necessary to insure their proper operation during an emergency.
Inspections/testing will be conducted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and if necessary, in the evening, from 6:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m.
Though water will remain safe to drink, it is suggested that residents refrain from washing clothes, especially white fabrics, until water is clear. If rust stains do appear on wet laundry, the clothes should not be dried, and residents may call 617-666-3311 to obtain a free bottle of rust remover.
Anyone with questions regarding this procedure may contact the Somerville Fire Department at 617-623-1700.