The Gallup Fire Department will be conducting annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance, starting May 26, 2015. This program is very important to allow the fire department to identify the amount of water available for firefighting purposes.
Fire hydrant testing and maintenance includes capturing pressure readings, flowing water of the fire hydrant, cleaning and painting, and documenting any inefficiency found. The maintenance program is performed by the Gallup Fire Department.
Customers who experience any discolored water problems after the hydrants are tested, are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside of the house 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. It is recommended to check that both the hot and cold laundry water is clear before washing. A slight decline in water quality is common immediately after fire hydrant testing has occurred. If water quality does not improve or further problems occur, contact the City of Gallup Water Department by calling the Utility Dispatcher at 863-1200.
Testing is expected to take place Monday thru Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and be completed by July 31, 2015. For more information, please contact the Gallup Fire Department at 726-5448.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Why is the water pressure low?
Your water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested.
Why is my water discolored?
Due to the fire hydrant flushing, customers could experience a temporary discoloration of water, which is due to the unsettling of rust and sediment in the water main.
What should I do about the discolored water?
Run the cold water for about five minutes - this should clear up the water.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. If the water would be unsafe for any reason to drink, a boil alert would be issued.
When can I wash clothes?
Run the Hot and Cold laundry water until it runs clear. Then it should be safe to wash