(Decatur, IL) — Decatur Fire Department crews, in cooperation with the Decatur Water Department will be flushing and flow testing 1,275 fire hydrants during the month of April.
Crews will be doing fire hydrant work from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This flushing and flow testing program is necessary to keep the City’s nearly 4,500 fire hydrants ready for service. Crews will be checking for any deficiencies and recording flows to obtain tactical information for fire suppression.
In the areas where hydrants are being flowed, some temporary discoloration of water may occur. There are no safety or health concerns for residents if the water is discolored from this process. Residents will want to be sure the water is clear when doing laundry, as clothing could be stained from discoloration in the water. If laundry would become stained do not bleach or dry the clothing as this will set the stain. Rewash the wet clothing with a rust removing compound to remove staining.
The areas being tested and the schedule for doing so can be located on the City’s website (www.decaturil.gov) by clicking the “Maps” link at the top of the page and on the Fire Department’s Facebook page which can be found by searching for “Decatur Fire Department.” Call 217-424-2811 for more information. The Decatur Fire and Water Departments appreciate your cooperation during this process.