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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Lombard Fire Department to Conduct Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

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Lombard Fire Department crews will be performing the annual fire hydrant flow testing beginning the week of September 21, 2020. Workers will test more than 400 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 appearance.

When you see a testing crew in your area, avoid running tap water and washing clothes until the flushing is completed.  Run your cold water tap until the water is clear to resume laundry.  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 Fire Marshall Bureau Chief Perry Johnson at (630) 620-4576or via email at pjohnson@villageoflombard.org or for water quality issues contact Brian Jack, Utilities Superintendent at (630) 620-5740 or via email at jackb@villageoflombard.org.

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