The Jacksonville Fire Department will be testing the city’s fire hydrants Nov. 5 through Dec. 17. The area west of Highway 67/ 167 will be tested from Nov. 5 until Nov. 24.

On Nov. 26 until Dec. 17, the area east of Highway 67/167 will be tested. This testing is necessary to maintain and improve current Insurance Service Organization ratings, which determines insurance rates for business and homeowners. Hydrant testing also allows the fire department to preplan for better fire suppression. This testing could cause the unsettling of sediment that does collect in the water mains. This sediment will cause discoloration of the water and can stain clothing in the wash. However unsightly the water may be, it is bacteriologically safe to drink.

The Jacksonville Fire Department and The Jacksonville Water Works urge citizens to check for discolored water before doing laundry to avoid staining clothing during the testing period.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the citizens of Jacksonville, however it is necessary in order to keep your insurance rates lower and make your city a safer place to live and work," states an official city news release.

You can contact the Jacksonville Fire Department by calling 501-982-1616 or the Jacksonville Water Works by calling 501-982-6561.