Monday, I noticed the water in the bathrooms at the station was very brown in color. I'm two days late, but now I know why.  The Lake Charles Fire Department (LCFD) is conducting their second semi-annual testing of water hydrants in the city, in Ward 3, and District 2.

The testing is required twice a year to maintain their Class Two Fire Rating, with the last time being back in May through June. The second testing of the year began on October 16, and will continue through December 22, 2017.

The flushing of water hydrants stirs up iron particles and other settled material and may result in a temporary rust-colored condition in the water lines of residences or businesses when the water is in use, but this is a temporary condition and the water is safe for domestic use.

If residents experience discoloring of water during the time of the flushing of hydrants, they are encouraged to drop by and pick up cleaning detergent designed to get the red out of clothing.

Below is a list of locations the cleaning detergent can be picked up.

  • LCFD Administration Building, located at 4200 Kirkman Street
  • LCFD Fire Trucks
  • Any local firehouse
  • Call 491.1598 or 491.1599 for more information