Annual Fire Hydrant Inspection Program to Begin

PRESS RELEASE: Annual Fire Hydrant Inspection Program to Begin

For Immediate Release on Friday, September 30, 2022

Beginning Monday, October 3, 2022, Moorhead Public Service (MPS) will begin their Annual Fire Hydrant Inspection and Flushing Program (Program) in several locations throughout its water distribution system, which services the city of Moorhead. Hydrant inspections will take place Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and should take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

The primary purpose of this Program is to verify the proper operation of the City of Moorhead’s (City’s) approximately 1,750 fire hydrants through annual inspections and preventative maintenance. A pro-active hydrant maintenance program is the key to ensure that the City maintains adequate fire protection, and all hydrants, valves, and watermains are in working order.

This Program does require the operation of the hydrant during inspection. As a result of this operation, there may be some minor and temporary inconveniences, such as a reduction in water pressure and aesthetic issues, i.e., discoloration of the drinking water. Operating fire hydrants stirs up sediment, iron, and manganese mineral deposits in the watermains causing temporary discoloration. Discolored water poses no threat to the public’s health, but may stain laundry and may have an unpleasant taste. Customers should refrain from laundering clothes or using hot water during flushing times.

Although residents may experience some temporary inconveniences, this Program is necessary in order to maintain good water supply for both firefighting and so MPS can continue to provide the highest quality product to its customers. Your patience during the Program is appreciated.

Please visit our website for more information and answers to frequently asked questions related to this Program:

Please contact the following individual for more information regarding this press release:

Jake Long, Water Distribution Supervisor

Moorhead Public Service

Phone: 218.477.8074

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