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Ville Platte Fire Department conducting fire hydrant inspecting and flow testing

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 13:11:25-04

The Ville Platte Fire Department will be conducting fire hydrant inspecting and flow testing of the city's water system Wednesday, June 17 and continuing over the next couple of weeks.

The testing is required to ensure that hydrants and water lines are operating properly and will be usable during a fire emergency, according to officials.

Hydrant flushing may cause discoloration of household water in or near the areas being tested, which is a result of iron or sediment deposits being disturbed during the flushing process. The area tested may also experience a brief reduction in water pressure.

"Residents are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry," posted on the Ville Platte Fire Department's Facebook page. "A good method to flush home water lines is to open the outside faucet nearest to your water meter inlet to flush until clear first, then open faucets in the home until water is clear. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them prior to drying. Do not use bleach on iron-stained laundry, as it will “set” the stain."

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