The Woodstock Fire Department will kick start its biannual fire hydrant maintenance next week.
The agency will start the task on Monday, March 17 and will continue the operation through April 30. Woodstock residents may notice temporary discoloration of the water.
While the discoloration will not harm residents, it could stain light-colored clothing. The discoloration is a result of the sediment that resides in the water lines being "stirred up" during the testing, the agency said in a news release.
The fire department will flow each hydrant until the water runs clear. However, smaller water lines that serve individual houses could still have cloudy water. Residents can flow water from the tap until it runs clear to remedy the situation.
Fire hydrant maintenance is done twice a year, and is part of the city's effort to ensure its hydrants are working properly. It also is a component of the city's Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating. The rating, which determines the insurance rate homeowners pay, ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest.
Woodstock currently has an ISO rating of 3.
For more information or for questions, contact Fire Marshal Jimmy Eley at (770) 926-2896.