Hydrant testing in Hattiesburg this week

Hydrant testing in Hattiesburg this week
The Hattiesburg Fire Department will be flushing hydrants starting this week. (Source: WALB)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Fire Department will continue annual testing on all fire hydrants across the city.

The testing will be handled in accordance to requirements by the Mississippi State Rating Bureau.

“This testing assesses the pressure and flow of every hydrant located in the city limits of Hattiesburg,” said Samantha McCain, chief communications officer. “Residents in these areas may encounter blocked roads or traffic detours during this time, as well as low-water pressure or discolored water.”

McCain said the low pressure, detours and discoloration were the typical side effects of hydrants being flushed during testing.

Residents who experience loss of service or an elongated time of low pressure or discolored water should call (601) 545-4500.

A list of frequently asked questions and a weekly schedule of test sites, updated each Friday, is accessible at http://www.hattiesburgms.com/news-updates/hattiesburg-fire-department-conducts-annual-hydrant-testing/.

This information will also be accessible on both the city and the fire department’s Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/CityofHattiesburg and www.facebook.com/Hattiesburgfiredept).

Frequently asked questions

Q: Why is my water pressure low?

A: Your water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested. This issue will be resolved once flushing is completed.

Q: Why is my water discolored?

A: Water discoloration or turbid water is caused by the stirring of sedimentation in the water main when hydrants are flushed.

Q: What should I do if my residence has discolored water?

A: Run faucets within your home for a few minutes or until the water becomes clear.

Q: If water is discolored, is it safe for consumption?

A: Yes. The discoloration is caused by harmless mineral deposits that settle in the water main and are stirred during the flushing activity.

Q: Is it OK to wash laundry when water is discolored?

A: No. Please run all water inside the home for approximately 15 minutes or until the water clears. You should check water clarity by capturing a sample from the washing machine in a clear glass or container. If water is cloudy or discolored, please do not wash laundry. If your clothes become discolored due to cloudy water, do not put them in the drier. First, run a cycle of water through your machine and rewash discolored clothes.

Areas of testing

Week of October 26, 2020:

  • S 15th Avenue
  • S 16th Avenue
  • S 17th Avenue
  • S 18th Avenue
  • S 19th Avenue
  • S 20th Avenue
  • S 21st Avenue
  • S 22nd Avenue
  • S 23rd Avenue
  • S 24th Avenue
  • S 25th Avenue
  • Oferral Street
  • Camp Street
  • Mamie Street
  • Brooklane Drive
  • Adeline Street
  • Pineview Drive
  • Fuller Street
  • Cloverleaf Mall
  • W Railroad Street
  • W Pine Street
  • Corinne Street
  • Adeline Street
  • Mamie Street
  • Camp Street
  • Concart Street
  • 5th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue
  • 7th Avenue
  • 8th Avenue
  • 9th Avenue
  • Harley Street
  • Humble Avenue
  • W Florence Street
  • Pecan Drive
  • Timothy Lane
  • Crestview Drive
  • West Railroad Street
  • Railroad Street
  • Main Street
  • Forrest Street
  • East Pine Street
  • West Front Street
  • East Front Street
  • Southern Avenue
  • West Laurel Avenue
  • Buschman Street
  • Walnut Street
  • Ronie Street
  • Bay Street
  • San Antonio Street
  • Charles Street
  • Shelby Thames Drive
  • E Yellowstone Drive
  • Carlsbad Drive
  • Hickory Hill Dr
ive
  • Little Creek Drive
  • Blue Gable Road
  • Hwy 49, from N 31st Avenue to I-59
  • Campbell Loop
  • Campbell Scenic Drive
  • Broadacres Drive
  • McCaffrey Road
  • Evans Dr
ive
  • Annie Christie Lane
  • Collins Street
  • Lurlyne Street
  • Edwards Street
  • Lilac Street
  • Hattiesburg Street
  • Reca Street
  • Blankinship Circle
  • Pettigrew Street
  • Simmons Drive
  • Duke Avenue
  • Mallory Street
  • Cypress Street
  • Tuscan Avenue
  • Roy Street
  • Barry Street
  • Fairway Drive
  • Parkdale Drive
  • Country club Road
  • Dumas Avenue
  • Francis Street
  • Luther Street
  • Bell Street
  • Helveston Road
  • Ida Avenue
  • Dossett Avenue
  • Bowling Street
  • Duff Road
  • JM Tatum Industrial Drive
  • Sullivan Drive
  • South Hills Drive
  • Brady Dr
ive
  • Brady Loop
  • Clementine Avenue
  • Central School Road
  • Davidson Pl
ace
  • Edwards Street
  • Elks Lake Road
  • Glenda Lane
  • Hwy 49, South of WSF Tatum Drive
  • Jackson Wood Court
  • Johnston Street
  • Mcinnis Springs Road
  • Monroe Street
  • Phoenix Circle
  • Petro Road
  • Wildcat Drive
  • James Street
  • Academy Drive
  • Melwood Drive
  • Grace Avenue
  • W 7th Street
  • N 26th Avenue
  • Meadowland Drive
  • Mark II apartments off 7th Street
  • Mark I apartments off 7th Street
  • Longstreet Drive
  • Northhill Drive
  • N Hutchison Avenue
  • Dearborne Street
  • Conti Street
  • Miller Street
  • Mable Street
  • West Street
  • 4th Street
  • Broad Street
  • South Street
  • Cooper Street
  • N 10th Avenue
  • N 11th Avenue
  • N 12th Avenue
  • Stadium Drive
  • W. 4th Street
  • W. 5th St
reet
  • Presley Dr
ive
  • Vickers Circle
  • North Street
  • Columbia Street
  • Short Columbia Street
  • N. 19th Avenue
  • Southern Avenue, South to Alcorn Avenue
  • Williams Street, East to Gulfport Street
  • Allen Street
  • Coit Street
  • Dewey
  • Dewey Street
  • Main Street
  • Miller Street
  • Mable Street
  • West Street
  • Lewis Street
  • Willie Street
  • E & W 8th Street
  • E & W 7th Street
  • E & W 6th Street
  • E & W 5th Street
  • E & W 4th Street
  • E & W 3rd Street
  • N 35th Avenue
  • N 36th Avenue
  • N 37th Avenue
  • N 38th Avenue
  • N 39th Avenue
  • N 40th Avenue
  • Pinehaven Circle
  • Fraternity Drive
  • Eagle Drive
  • Brookwood Lane
  • Montague Boulevard
  • Pearl Street
  • West 7th
 Street
  • West 4th Street
  • Service Drive
  • N 31st
 Avenue
  • N 32nd
 Avenue
  • N 33rd Avenue
  • N 34th Avenue
  • Ross Boulevard
  • Hardy Street, N 31st Avenue through N 34th Avenue
  • S 28th Avenue
  • Hardwood Court
  • Fairmont place
  • South 38th Avenue
  • Lake Hills Drive
  • Home Depot
  • Tucker Street
  • Fowler Street
  • Hill Street
  • Stone Street
  • Byron Street
  • Lincoln Road
  • Wall Street
  • Alice Drive
  • Sutton Place
  • Carter Drive
  • Estelle Street
  • Windsor Drive
  • Marie Street
  • Washington Street
  • Hicks Street
  • Eddy Street
  • Wal-Mart Hwy 49 parking lot
  • McInnis Street
  • Arcadia Street
  • Velma Avenue
  • Fuller Street
  • Carriage Street
  • Greenbriar Place
  • Madison Plaza
  • Fox Chase Drive
  • Villa Verda
  • Parker Avenue
  • Sierra Circle
  • Mimosa Lane
  • North Founders Way
  • Timberton Drive
  • Jervis Mimms
  • Poplar Row
  • Vintage Park
  • Old Hickory
  • Veterans Memorial
  • E Hospital
  • W Hospital
  • Galliway Boulevard
  • Franklin Road
  • Milsaps Drive
  • Methodist Boulevard
  • Turtle Crossing
  • Creek Side Manor
  • Hamlet Drive
  • Cottage Drive
  • Weathersby Road
  • Turtle Creek Drive
  • Lake Forgetful
  • Quint Lane
  • Lamar Boulevard
  • Office Park Drive
  • Pioneer Road
  • Pioneer Drive
  • Office Park Drive
  • Highway 98
  • Lincoln Road
  • Liberty Place
  • Market Court
  • Richburg Road
  • Canal Drive
  • Shadowwood Drive
  • Longwood Drive
  • Abbeywood Drive
  • Summerswood Drive
  • Waterford Drive
  • Huckleberry Lane
  • Woodmist Circle
  • Hodges Road

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