Fire hydrant testing begins Monday in Southeast Quadrant

NEWTON, NC (July 22, 2013) – The City of Newton Fire Department we will be conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing beginning Monday, July 29. The Fire Department will be concentrating on the fire hydrants in the Southeast Quadrant (south of A Street and east of Main Avenue) for the next several weeks.

Citizens residing in this area may experience a discoloration of their water, due to minerals inside the underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate any discoloring of the water.

Fire hydrant test are crucial to locate fire hydrants that are inoperable or in need of repair. The North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.

The City of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience residents may encounter during this testing period. Any questions or concerns regarding this matter should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 695-4314.