General Town News

Posted on: May 16, 2017

Fire Hydrant Testing

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The Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department is currently testing all hydrants in the Town of Cornelius, including the extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Testing will continue until all hydrants have been serviced, which normally takes 1-2 months.

Hydrants are tested once a year or after any repairs made by Charlotte Water to:

• Make sure the hydrants are flowing water properly.
• Service the hydrants to make sure they open and close correctly.
• Insure all valves to the hydrants are fully open.
• Notify Charlotte Water of needed repairs.
• Obtain the gallons per minute, static flow, and residual flow pressures to determine the hydrant capabilities for water flows throughout the Town and county.

Each time hydrants are tested, sediment has a tendency to stir in the water mains, creating brownish tap water. This is a normal expectation and may last several hours. If you notice brownish water, we recommend you delay washing light colored clothing until the water is clear. Running the water helps clear the lines that have been affected. Some areas take longer to clear than others, usually affecting the older water mains located east of I-77.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we make sure you remain as safe as possible at all times, with a properly functioning water system.

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