BATAVIA — The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants on Thursday and Friday.

The flushing will take place from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area north of Main Street and east of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected.

The tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, residents are advised not to try washing any clothing if their water appears discolored. If they do experience water discoloration, it’s recommended they run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

The annual testing is essential to maintain the communities class III Insurance Services Office public protection classification, and to assure that fire hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes, fire officials said in a news release.

Along with maintaining the fire rating, the test monitors the health of the city’s water system; identifies weak areas; and removes material that settle in the water lines.

Checking each hydrant also improves firefighters’ knowledge of hydrant locations.

For more information or to report a hydrant in need of repair, contact the fire department at (585) 345-6375.

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