Philomath Fire & Rescue plans to begin testing hydrants within the city limits beginning Tuesday, May 31 with the work expected to continue through approximately June 10.

The activity involves flowing several fire hydrants to exercise and measure the water flow capacity of the hydrants around the city, Fire & Rescue reported. The work is part of the organization’s yearly testing program on behalf of the city to ensure that the water supply for fighting fires is reliable and adequate.

The work also checks to make sure hydrants and valves are in good condition and if issues are discovered, Public Works is notified.

Fire & Rescue advises that if residents see a crew flushing a hydrant on their street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is done. If tap water is used during flushing, it could produce sediment that causes discoloration.

For those who encounter discolored water, they should shut it off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes, allowing new water to work its way into the pipes. If the water is clear, it’s OK to use. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again.

In some cases, there could be slight discoloration for a few hours. Discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, not the taste or quality. Users that experience low pressure or volume should check faucet screens for trapped particles.

For more information or if discolored water persists, call Philomath Fire & Rescue at 541-360-0030 or Public Works at 541-929-3579.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.