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Charlotte Water to Test Hydrants July 13-17 in Davidson to Determine Long-Term Infrastructure Investments

On July 13, Charlotte Water started work on a Drinking Water Distribution System Master Plan. This two million dollar investment will audit our drinking water pipe network and provide a blueprint for prioritizing more than $300 million in current and future projects to better serve our customers.

As part of this important project, crews will flush water (flow) from 80+ hydrants to audit existing infrastructure and system performance. Staff will be near the hydrants and informational signs will be posted. Citizens will notice water running along gutters and in some temporarily closed travel lanes. 

With the region in drought conditions, we recognize that the timing of this project is not ideal, but it must be done to complete the next phase of the project on time. Crews will flow hydrants just long enough (up to five minutes) to get only necessary data. Water use required for this project is roughly 0.03% of the 3.6 billion gallons of typical water consumption during July and August.

Hydrant Testing Timeline
July 13 – 31: Hydrants will be flowing to measure system data during peak daytime usage. Testing in Davidson will take place July 13-17, subject to change.
August 3 – 31: Hydrants will be flowing to measure system data during nighttime usage.

Charlotte Water flows hydrants every week as part of regular testing, maintenance, and after pipe and hydrant repairs. 

The Water Master Plan overall project will take 18 months to complete. The previous plan was developed between 2006 and 2008. General information for this project will be posted on www.charlottewater.org later this week.

This map shows the areas to be tested.  Here is a link to Charlotte Water’s article on their website: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Utilities/NewsandUpdates/NewsArchive/Pages/HydrantsFlowing.aspx


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