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WATER VALLEY – Firefighters will be testing the water flow from fire hydrants in the southeast quadrant of town this week, work that could cause water discoloration. Fire Chief Mark McGavock identifed the area that includes southern portions of town east of Main Street. Next week McGavock reported his department will finish the testing on the south end, and will schedule testing on the northwest quadrant of Water Valley starting later in June.
McGavock reported the discoloration is harmless, and there is no need to alert city hall if you notice it. He does not anticipate a drop in water pressure in the area, as firefighters will only test eight to 10 hydrants each outing.
“We will be testing at night, so that will give the water a chance to settle down by the morning,” the fire chief explained. Firefighters will cut each hydrant on for approximately 30 to 45 seconds and measure and document the flow rate, which is necessary to maintain or improve the city’s fire insurance rating.