Columbia Fire Department begins hydrant testing this week

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 8:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents may experience temporary problems with water service as the Columbia Fire Department begins its annual fire hydrant testing.

To ensure the city’s hydrants are working properly, tests will be done for adequate water flow and pressure, according to a press release from the Fire Department. Testing will begin this week and continue through August.

Problems such as water discoloration or low pressure may occur, the release said.

Discolored water will usually return to a normal color after running for a few minutes and will continue to be safe for consumption. If water becomes discolored, residents are advised to avoid doing laundry.

If water pressure drops, it may temporarily affect commercial fire alarms, the release said.

If customers experience prolonged problems with their water, they are advised to contact Columbia Water & Light, the release said.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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