Contact: Connie Kacprowicz, Utility Services Specialist
Floyd Turner, Manager of Water Operations
Office - (573) 874-6229
Battalion Chief Steven E. Sapp,
Office - (573) 874-7557
Media Pager - (573)-499-7035
The Columbia Fire Department will begin their annual fire hydrant testing program this week to make sure the city's hydrants work properly. The testing will continue through August. During the testing procedure, the city's fire hydrants are tested for adequate flow and pressure.
The testing of hydrants can occasionally cause temporary problems with a customer's water service such as low pressure or discolored water. The water becomes discolored because the sediment in the pipes is stirred up during the flushing procedure. If the water becomes discolored, customers should avoid doing laundry. The water will usually return to a normal color after the water has run for a few minutes. The water will continue to be safe for consumption. For those with commercial fire alarm systems, they might be temporarily affected by the low pressure.
This is a cooperative program between the Fire Department and Columbia Water & Light. If customers experience prolonged problems with their water, Columbia Water & Light can be contacted by calling 874-6229 or 875-2555 after hours.