The Abilene Fire Department will be testing the nearly 3,300 city fire hydrants over the next several weeks. This is a vital process which ensures our public water distribution system is capable of supplying water during emergency operations.
Water customers may experience the following issues during this testing period:
Dirty or cloudy water
Running your faucet for a few minutes should clear the water up.
Drop in water pressure
This drop in pressure is only temporary and normal pressure will resume once the hydrant testing in your area is complete. This should only last an hour or less.
Water on the roadways
It is important to flow the hydrants for a specific period of time. This allows us to obtain the pressure readings that are required, and it allows for debris and sediment to be cleared from the line. Therefore, the collecting of water on our roadways is inevitable. Slow down and use caution when there is water on the road.
Finally, all fire hydrants require a 3 foot clearance space around them. We ask that you do not plant trees, bushes, or other types of vegetation within this space. Fences and other ornamental items placed too close to a hydrant may also delay the Fire Department during an emergency.