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Fire Hydrant Testing

Peterborough Utilities will be testing fire hydrants on various streets in the North West quadrant of the city from May 1st to 31st in 2017.  This is part of a regular maintenance program which may result in temporary inconveniences. This ongoing program is designed to ensure that our hydrants are ready for emergency fire use, ensures that they are in working order and verifies their flow capacities.

Fire HydrantWhat should Homeowners & Businesses expect?

For affected homeowners and businesses, please note the following:

You may experience short term loss in water pressure or detect brown or rust coloured water following testing. We recommend that you do not drink or wash laundry with this discoloured water. The discoloured water is not harmful to your health, however it can stain laundry.

Reduced water pressure should only be intermittent and/or short term during testing and water pressure will return to normal once the test is completed.

If you notice discoloured water, turn off your tap for 10 to 20 minutes in order to allow the crew to complete the test. Once the test is complete and the work crew has left the area, turn on the COLD water tap closest to the source (usually your laundry tub tap) and let it run for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until the water colour has returned to normal.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

After hours construction emergency calls should be directed to 705-748-9300.

Questions ?

Should you have any questions, concerns or require further information regarding hydrant testing, please contact:

Cheryl A. Argue, C.E.T.

Water Engineering Technician

Peterborough Utilities Services Inc.

705-748-9301 Ext. 1239