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Fire hydrant testing begins Sept. 14

NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Fire Department we will begin annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing Monday, Sept. 14.

The Fire Department will focus on the fire hydrants in the northeast quadrant of the city—North 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 testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, 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 you may encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns regarding this matter should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.