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The City of Minot Fire Department will begin its annual fire hydrant quality assurance program on May 28, with hydrant testing scheduled for Tuesday mornings.
This year, the program consists of inspecting and flowing fire hydrants west of Broadway and south of Central Avenue. The work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday mornings.
“We work with the Water Department to identify and correct any problems, which saves the Fire Department valuable time during a fire,” Minot Fire Department Battalion Chief Lonnie Sather said. “A few common problems we have found are hydrant valves that don’t operate, caps that don’t come off, and inadequate water pressure.”
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. The water is safe to drink, but it is recommended residents do not wash any white clothes on mornings when the hydrants are flushed.
“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,” Sather said.
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 at www.minotnd.org. If residents have questions or concerns, please contact the Minot Water Department at 857-4150 or the Minot Fire Department at 857-4740.
“There will be different crews doing these tests on Tuesday mornings, and if they find any problems, 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.”