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Moorhead Public Service is conducting Hydrant Pressure and Flow Testing
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For Immediate Release on Monday, May 7, 2018

Moorhead Public Service is conducting

Hydrant Pressure and Flow Testing


Beginning Monday, May 7, 2018, Moorhead Public Service (MPS) will begin its Hydrant Pressure and Flow Testing Program in several locations throughout its water distribution system, which serves the city of Moorhead. The program will consist of installing hydrant pressure recorders and conducting hydrant flow tests throughout the distribution system. The program is being undertaken as part of an update to MPS’ Water Distribution Master Plan to efficiently make improvements to the water distribution system so MPS can continue to provide the highest quality product to its customers.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, MPS’ customers may notice periods of decreased water pressure or discoloration of their water due to the hydrant pressure and flow testing being performed by MPS. Water discoloration results from temporary disturbances in the water distribution system due to a rapid increase in velocity of water in the pipes when flow testing fire hydrants. These short-term disturbances can stir up naturally-occurring minerals and sediment that have settled over time within the watermains.

Customers should refrain from laundering clothes or using hot water during testing times. If your water does become discolored or cloudy, customers should run cold water from one or more faucets for approximately five minutes, or until the water appears clear.

If you have any questions regarding MPS’ Hydrant Pressure and Flow Testing Program, you may contact MPS Water Plant Supervisor Marc Pritchard at 218-477-8072 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or MPS’ Water Field Technician Jake Long at 218-477-8073 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Please contact the following individual for information related to this press release:

Kris Knutson, Water Division Manager

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8071

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