Water weirdness in Morro Bay due to fire-hydrant tests

ktanner@thetribunenews.comJuly 19, 2013 

Morro Bay residents in some areas may have noticed brief, recent episodes of wimpy water pressure or slightly discolored tap water. Not to worry, according to the Morro Bay Fire Department, because both conditions likely were triggered by routine hydrant flow tests.

The city said the water remains safe to drink and use for landscaping.

Hydrant maintenance, which is required by the state, is considered a crucial safeguard for fire suppression and to assure the water flow is available when needed for sanitation, health and other purposes.

In the tests, pressure measurements are taken while the hydrant is flowing to assure that hydrants are reliable.

Also, after the tests are complete, according to Fire Chief Steven Knuckles, when firefighters must use a hydrant, they’ll know what to expect in the way of water volume from each location.

Morro Bay has 490 hydrants and 3.9 million gallons of water storage.

Tests began the second week of July and are scheduled to be complete within a month. For locations of daily hydrant testing, go to http://www.morro-bay.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=199. For details, call the fire department at 772-6242.

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