Joliet announces hydrant flushing schedule

Next phase of testing starts Monday

The Joliet Fire Department will enter the third phase of its annual hydrant testing on Monday, Aug. 9.

Hydrant testing will be done between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays for about six weeks depending on the weather.

Testing will take place in the following areas:

• Fire Station No. 4 testing area is bounded by Woodruff Road on the north, Gougar Road on the east, Cass Street to the south, and Collins Street to the west;

• Fire Station No. 5 testing area is bounded by Theodore Street to the north, the Des Plaines River to the east, Interstate 80 to the south, and Collins Street to the west;

• Fire Station No. 8 testing area is bounded by West Renwick Road to the north, Infantry Drive to the east, Black Road to the south, and Bronk Road to the west.

The fire department will take precautions to reduce the impact of possible rusty water. The city will provide a chemical that removes rust from clothes in a washing machine. The city notes that affected clothes must not be dried until they have been properly run through a rinse cycle with the chemical included.

The chemical will be available at any fire station. For those without transportation, call the water department at 815-724-4220 or the fire department at 815-724-3500.