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LA GRANDE — The city of La Grande will begin its annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance program on Monday, July 10. Public Works conducts these tests to identify the quantity of water available for firefighting purposes and to rid the city’s water distribution system of accumulations of sedimentation deposits over the past year. Testing is expected to take place Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until all hydrants are tested.

Residents are advised not to be concerned if their water is discolored or has a slight odor during testing. The press release stated that such water “has still been treated and meets the requirements for potable water.” Unusual water clarity problems during the hydrant flushing can be mitigated by turning on a cold-water faucet outside and letting it run for 10-15 minutes.

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