There she blows

Newton firefighters Jarrin Tucker and Dylan Jolly check water pressure on a fire hydrant Monday morning as part of the annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing. The Fire Department will be concentrating on the fire hydrants in the northwest quadrant (north of A Street and west of Main Avenue) for the next several weeks. Citizens residing in this area may experience a discoloration of their water, due to minerals inside the underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate any discoloring of the water. Fire hydrant tests are crucial to locate fire hydrants that are inoperable or in need of repair. The North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings. Other maintenance include greasing the stems, checking the gaskets and lubbing the caps. More the 1,000 hydrants will be inspected.

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