Routine Fire Hydrant Testing Underway

Ariel Fernandez

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The City of Coral Gables Fire Department has begun its annual testing of fire hydrants throughout the City Beautiful.

If you see fire fighters running water from the hydrants, don’t be concerned, they are just fine tuning the hydrants to ensure proper functionality. The testing is being performed between the hours of 7:30AM and 5:30PM, seven days a week.

The City put out the following information regarding the hydrant testing:

Why is it done?

To ensure that our fire hydrants are working properly and that they have necessary flow in case of emergency.

What can people expect?

Sometimes the water from your kitchen and bathroom tap might appear cloudy. The cloudy water is a result of calcium carbonate that settled on the bottom of the pipe and now has been stirred up by this process.

Is the water safe to drink or use?

Yes, the water is safe to drink and is not contaminated or harmful. Believe it or not, this substance is the main ingredient in many antacid tablets.

What should I do if the tap water is cloudy?

Let the water run for a few minutes. If it doesn’t clear up, wait 30-minutes, and try again.

How long will this last?

Usually, the cloudy water clears within minutes. Sometimes, it could take several hours. Typically, it is temporary.

What if it doesn’t clear up?

If it continues to come out cloudy after running water and waiting for a few hours, please call the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Water Quality Lab at 786-552-4181 or 311 to report the issue.

If you have additional questions, please call 305-460-5581.

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