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Lombard Fire Department crews will be performing the annual fall fire hydrant testing beginning the week of September 3, 2018. Workers will test more than 600+ hydrants over the course of an eight week period.
The fire hydrant testing program is a way to
evaluate the Village’s water pumping and water distribution system. Data
gathered from this program benefits the Fire Department, the Fire Prevention
Bureau and the Public Works Department.
During hydrant testing, pairs of hydrants are
thoroughly inspected and operated. Flow
readings are taken to evaluate system capability to provide sufficient water
supply for fire suppression crews during a fire, commercial and residential
water needs, and Public Work’s Water Department needs.
Testing Fire Department crews will be
concentrating their efforts in this program for approximately eight weeks. When crews are in the area, residents may
experience the following conditions; a temporary drop in water pressure, the water
may have a temporary reddish color caused by iron deposits, a cloudy or “milky”
water appearance that is caused by undissolved oxygen in the water that will
dissipate within a few minutes. These
conditions do not affect the quality and safety of the water, only
When you see a testing crew in your area,
avoid running tap water and washing clothes until the flushing is completed,
approximately 3-5 minutes. Drive carefully around any open running hydrant,
watch for Fire Department personnel, and keep children away from the open
hydrants and testing crews.
Questions regarding the fall testing program
should be directed to the Public Works Department at (630) 620-5740.