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Hydrant testing under way

July 19, 2011

The Newton Fire Department is now conducting annual fire hydrant flowing and testing in the city’s northeast quadrant (north of “A” Street and east of Main Avenue). The testing is expected to continue for the next several weeks.

Residents in this area may experience water discoloration because of disturbance of minerals inside the underground water lines. If discoloration occurs, citizens should allow water to run from the faucet for several minutes.

These fire hydrant tests are crucial to locate hydrants that are inoperable or in need of repair. In addition, the N.C. Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purpose of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.

Newton officials apologize for any inconvenience this testing may cause. For more information, contact the Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.

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