The Somerville Fire Department will conduct its annual inspection of all fire hydrants between Monday, August 22, and Saturday, September 3.
During inspections, water will be flushed from the hydrants and their mechanical operations will be checked. As a result, some sediment may be disturbed in the water mains, potentially causing rusty water in homes or businesses. The rusty water will appear dirty or discolored but does not pose a health hazard. It could stain fabric, however, so residents are advised not to do laundry while water is discolored. This rusty condition will be temporary and should clear in a few hours.
Inspections and testing will be conducted Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and, if necessary, in the evening between 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Anyone with questions about this procedure may contact the Somerville Fire Department at 617-623-1700.