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May 02, 2013

Fire Hydrant Testing

Fire Hydrant Testing through June 28
May Cause Water Discoloration & Clothing Stains

Cambridge Water and Fire departments will be conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing weekdays between 9 a.m.-2 p.m., beginning May 5th through June 28th. Hydrant testing helps ensure maximum operability. This process can disturb sediment that naturally occurs in the water piping system and may cause discoloration of water from faucets and toilets for several hours after testing. Discolored water does not usually present a health hazard though concerned residents should avoid drinking it.  Check your water before doing laundry as the discolored water may stain clothes. The Water Department can provide a wash additive to remove stains. Please see the schedule below or call the Cambridge Fire Department at 617-349-4921 between 8-8:45 a.m. for daily test locations.  For questions on water quality, call Ed Dowling, Cambridge Water Department at 617-349-4780. To report discolored water call the main Water Department number at 617-349-4770.  Below are general reference dates for Cambridge neighborhoods:

CENTRAL SQUARE               Engine 2        May 6 through May 17

WEST CAMBRIDGE              Engine 9        May 6 through May 17

RIVER STREET AREA            Engine 6        May 20 through May 31

CONCORD AVE AREA           Engine 8        May 20 through May 31

EAST CAMBRIDGE               Engine 3        June 3 through June 14

NORTH CAMBRIDGE            Engine 4        June 3 through June 14     

INMAN SQUARE                  Engine 5         June 17 through June 28

HARVARD SQUARE              Engine 1        June 17 through June 28 

Please note that these dates for testing remain flexible due to weather and Fire Department activities.

 For a map of the fire hydrant testing areas, please visit the water department's website and click on their hydrant testing link in their 'news and notices' section: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/CWD/

 

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