Firefighters are performing flow testing today on fire hydrants in the following areas: the 200 to 600 blocks of Ouachita Avenue; the 300 to 800 blocks of Quapaw Avenue; the 500 to 1700 blocks of West Grand Avenue; the 200 to 600 blocks of Lake Hamilton Drive (inside the Pointe Apartment Complex); Lakeshore Drive; Chapel Hill and South Village roads; the 200 to 300 blocks of Airport Road; the 600 to 1300 blocks of Albert Pike Road; Jennison Square; and Alpine, Baber, Bayles, Brenda and Burroughs streets.
During hydrant maintenance and testing, water lines are flushed in order to test hydrant flow and water pressure levels for fire control purposes. The process also helps maintain the integrity of the City’s water distribution system, flushing out sediment or deposits that may naturally occur over time. Water customers in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. If this takes place, customers are advised to clear the pipes in their home or business by running all the water faucets for a few minutes, and to postpone washing clothes. This discoloration usually lasts no more than a few hours, affecting only the appearance of the water, and not the taste or quality. If discoloration lasts more than 24 hours, contact the Utilities Service Center, 321-6200.