The City of Mattoon Fire Department will begin flow testing and painting fire hydrants. Starting the week of May 22nd and will continue until all hydrants north of a line following Western Ave. changing to Broadway at 19th street. The hydrants will be flowed between the hours of 8am and 3pm.
Hydrant flow testing is done to check flow rates to help provide better protection and response to the citizens of Mattoon.
During this time any landscaping within 3 feet of the hydrant that obstructs the view or operation of the hydrant will be trimmed or removed. Hydrant flushing may cause discoloration of your household water in or near the areas being tested which is a result of iron deposits being disturbed during the flushing process.
Iron deposits can build up inside pressure tanks, water heaters and water pipes. It occasionally breaks loose, causing rusty water to flow when faucets are first opened. This happens especially when city or household water lines are disturbed, (e.g., moved, replaced, back flushed, or repaired) and rust breaks loose from old pipes.
Residents are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry. If you notice discoloration in the water, let it run until it clears before doing laundry, usually this takes less than five minutes. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them using a rust removing compound which is sold at local stores. Do not bleach stained laundry as it will “set” the stain.
Please be advised that the water is completely safe to drink at all times while this work is being done.