Lake Charles, La. - The Lake Charles Fire Department (LCFD) will conduct their semi-annual testing of water hydrants in the City of Lake Charles, Ward 3, and District 2. The testing, which is done twice a year, will be conducted from May 17 through June 30, 2017, as the testing is required twice per year to maintain their Class Two Fire Rating.

According to a press release,

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.

There may be some discoloring of water during the time LCFD’s doing these tests. Residents 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 fire house
  • Call 491.1598 or 491.1599 for more information