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Annual fire hydrant inspection program kicks off June 1st

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Posted at 4:50 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 16:50:05-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Fort Myers Fire Department is kicking off its annual fire hydrant inspection program on Saturday, June 1 and will continue for the next six months.

Yearly inspections ensure each hydrant in the city can be expected to perform reliably and adequately whenever it may be needed in an emergency.

The fire department will complete hydrant inspections, and the city’s public works department will perform necessary maintenance in one station area per month. Residents in the respective service areas will be notified with a flyer in their monthly water bill.

During this process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown, or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in water mains, and flushing the system stirs the deposits causing the discoloration.

If “brown” water occurs, open faucets and let the water run until it returns to normal. No further actions should be required once the water runs clear. The water is safe to drink.

Please note that discolored water should not be used for drinking or cooking since it may contain unusually high levels of iron. The water may also have a milky appearance due to tiny air bubbles. This will dissipate and is not harmful. Washing clothes in discolored water may cause laundry stains.

If discolored water persists, please contact the Public Works Operations Water Distribution Department at 239-321-8100.