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Fire hydrant maintenance may affect water color, pressure

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Fire Department will conduct citywide fire hydrant maintenance operations until May 5.

The maintenance, which started Monday, involves flushing underground systems in an effort to help improve water quality and remove impurities and natural sediment deposits accumulated over time.

Residents within the testing areas may experience low pressure and a slight discoloration in water. If discoloration occurs, customers are advised to clear the pipes by running cold tap water for a few minutes. In addition, residents who experience a discoloration in water may also consider cleaning aerators that collect debris located on the end of faucet and fixtures, and postponing the use of dishwashers and washing machines until the water runs clear.

“Annual testing of hydrants is necessary to assure the important safety equipment is functioning properly for the safety of our city and citizens,” said Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell.

As firefighter personnel begin their work near roadways, motorists and pedestrians should use caution when driving or walking through testing areas, particularly when passing a crew or where standing water has occurred as a result of hydrant testing.

For additional information please contact: Water Sewer Maintenance, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 704-638-5390. After hours or weekends at 704-638-5339.

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