Citywide fire hydrant inspections have begun

NEWARK, NJ — The Fire Division has begun inspecting fire hydrants throughout the city of Newark. Fire Division personnel are conducting hydrant inspections as required by law to ensure that each operates properly in the event of a fire emergency. The hydrants are being individually opened to ensure proper working order. They are also being visually inspected for missing caps, bolts or other apparatuses.

As a result of these inspections, tap water may be temporarily discolored. Allowing water to run through faucets until it becomes clear is expected to remedy the residual discoloration.

“It is important that Newark residents are informed about public safety activities occurring in their neighborhoods,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said. “This inspection is vital to ensuring that the Fire Division is aware of any needed repairs so that hydrants can operate at an optimal level in the event of a fire.”

Hydrants requiring repairs will be reported to the Newark Water Department, which is responsible for the upkeep of fire hydrants in the city.