Winnetka Hydrant Testing May Discolor Water
The fire department will be testing fire hydrants during the weekdays, as part of routine yearly checks.
The Winnetka Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until the end of August. The fire department conducts these tests every summer to ensure the hydrants are functioning properly.
“We do basic maintenance on them to make sure they operate when we need them,” Captain Tom Hutchison said. “We want to make sure there is no damage to them, and we just need them in general good working condition.”
Because of the testing, the water in homes near the hydrants being tested that week may become discolored. The water is safe to drink, however the discolored water may damage laundry.
To flush the discoloration out of the water, run the faucet for several minutes, or until the water turns clear.
If the water discoloration continues after running the faucet, please contact the water department at (847) 716-3558.
Check the village website for up to date information on which hydrants will be tested each week.