Manhattan Fire Department starts annual fire hydrant testing

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Manhattan Fire Department has started their annual fire hydrant maintenance program this week.

Crews will make their way around the city of Manhattan testing the hydrants, and repainting those that need it.

Hydrants are flowed every year to make sure that they are still operating properly, and also to flush out the water lines.

The testing of the City’s fire hydrants will take through fall to complete, but it’s an important task for continuing to keep the community safe.

“When we get to a call, a fire call, we want to make sure we have water there, nearby. So we’re going to go, this is what the flow-ers do, they make sure there’s water, one, and two that there’s enough pressure.” Manhattan Fire Department Firefighter, Ben Rankin says.

If you notice discolored water in your home, after crews have been in your area, run water in a bathtub or shower for a few minutes or until the water runs clear.