The Mattoon Fire Department will be conducting annual flow testing, maintenance, and painting of fire hydrants throughout the City of Mattoon beginning July 26, 2021, and will continue until completed. Pending weather, this process should take 4-6 weeks to complete.
The hydrants will be flowed between the hours of 8am and 3pm
This testing is done to check flow rates to help provide better protection and response to the citizens and visitors of Mattoon.
During this time any landscaping that obstructs the view or operation of the hydrant will be trimmed or removed.
Hydrant flushing may cause discoloration of your household water in or near the areas being tested, which is a result of iron deposits being disturbed during the flushing process. Iron deposits can build up inside pressure tanks, water heaters and water pipes. It occasionally breaks loose, causing rusty water to flow when faucets are first opened.
Residents are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry. If you notice discoloration in the water, let the water run until it clears before doing laundry, this process usually takes less than 5 minutes.
Be advised the water is completely safe to drink at all times while this work is being done.
Mattoon Fire Chief