The Pinehurst Fire Department, in cooperation with Moore County Public Utilities, will be conducting the annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program beginning in September, according to a news release from the Village of Pinehurst

This program is very important to allow the Village and Moore County Public Utilities (MCPU) to identify the quantity of water available for firefighting purposes; identify maintenance issues with fire hydrants, water valves, and other components of the water system; and it serves to rid the water distribution system of accumulations of sedimentation deposits.

Fire hydrant testing and maintenance includes capturing flow readings, flushing of the fire hydrant and line, cleaning and painting, and documenting any inefficiency found. The maintenance program is performed by firefighters who are in contact with MCPU Water Quality staff during testing.

The news release goes on to state that residents who experience any unusual water clarity problems after hydrants are flushed in their area are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes. This will normally clear up the agitated water from the service line to the home. Sediment can accumulate in the lines, which can cause discoloration in laundry. It is recommended to check that both the hot and cold laundry water is clear before washing. If water quality does not improve or further problems occur, contact the Moore County Public Utilities Department by calling 910-947-6315.

Testing is expected to take place Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. beginning in September and to be completed by January 2018. Signs indicating that testing is being conducted in the area will be put out in advance of starting each day.

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