Contact: Emily Lyons
Albany, NY – On Sunday, August 29th, the Albany Water Department (AWD) will be conducting fire flow tests on hydrants within the City. These tests are being conducted in coordination with the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), as part of their Public Protection Survey. ISO gathers information used to develop property insurance premium calculations.
A map showing the location of the hydrants being tested on Sunday can be found here.
The process can cause low water pressure and temporary water discoloration for residents and businesses located in the immediate vicinity of the hydrants. Temporary discoloration is caused by the stirring up of sediment in the system and is not harmful. However, discoloration to your clothes may occur if washing laundry while water is discolored.
This fire flow testing runs in conjunction with AWD’s regular hydrant inspection program. Learn more about Hydrant Inspections.
Any temporary water discoloration can be remedied by running cold water faucets for several minutes or until clear. If any resident or business experiences prolonged periods of water discoloration, they should call AWD Dispatch at (518) 434-5322.