Fire hydrant flowing. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County June through October.
The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).
The community will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water from the hydrants while they are conducting these tests.
Residents may see some discoloration in their water due to the amount and volume of water being flowed when the hydrants are being tested in the area.
Simply run the cold water spigot located outside the home for a few minutes and this will usually resolve this issue. LAFD recommends not to wash any laundry until the water runs clear. If the discolored water does not run clear after a few minutes, call the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU), using the Customer Care Center, which can be reached by dialing 311 from a landline or 505.662.8333 from a cell phone.