FORT MYERS, FL (May 31, 2019) – The Fort Myers Fire Department is kicking off its annual fire hydrant inspection program on Saturday, June 1. Yearly inspections ensure each hydrant in the city can be expected to perform properly and reliably whenever it may be needed in an emergency.
For the next six months (June-November), the fire department will complete hydrant inspections and the city’s public works department will perform necessary maintenance in one station area per month. In the neighborhoods of Paseo and Reflection Isles, where service is provided by the South Trail Fire District, hydrants will be inspected during the month of September. Residents in the respective service areas will be notified with a flyer in their monthly water bill. Social media (including the city’s Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor accounts) will be used to update followers regarding work areas. Residents wishing to receive updates specific to their service area can join Nextdoor to receive alerts: https://nextdoor.com/.
During this process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in water mains, and flushing the system stirs the deposits causing the discoloration. If “brown” water occurs, open faucets and let the water run until it returns to normal. No further actions should be required once the water runs clear. The water is safe to drink.
Please note that discolored water should not be used for drinking or cooking since it may contain unusually high levels of iron. The water may also have a milky appearance due to tiny air bubbles. This will dissipate and is not harmful. Washing clothes in discolored water may cause laundry stains. If discolored water persists, please contact the Public Works Operations Water Distribution Department at 239-321-8100.
Fire department personnel will be testing approximately 25 hydrants per day. For more information, please contact Valerie Leitschuh, Division Chief of Logistics, at email@example.com or by phone at 239-321-7311.