HYDRANT TESTING: What’s happening today on the West Seattle Bridge might affect your water at home

(From SDOT bridge camera)

As previewed on Friday, the inside lanes of the high bridge are blocked off for hydrant testing, scheduled to reopen by midafternoon. Seattle Public Utilities spokesperson Sabrina Register wants to be sure you know there’s one other possible effect of the hydrant testing: Discolored water (sediment such as rust gets stirred up with the lines opened). If it happens at your residence, she says, “The water is safe and should clear on its own or after running the cold water for a few minutes.” But if it doesn’t, or if you have questions, you can call SPU at 206-386-1800.

11 Replies to "HYDRANT TESTING: What's happening today on the West Seattle Bridge might affect your water at home"

  • dsa August 19, 2019 (1:20 pm)

    Is the city calling them hydrants?  I don’t know why, but I thought bridges had standpipes like buildings do.

  • KM August 19, 2019 (1:46 pm)

    Thanks for the heads up! Also, this photo is a disappointing reminder of how we need traffic cameras for our bus only lanes, and how the state leadership dropped the ball. Ugh.        

    • WSB August 19, 2019 (2:04 pm)

      Actually as someone pointed out earlier, the signage currently on the bridge (verified via the travelers’ map) says BUS LANE OPEN TO ALL.

      • KM August 19, 2019 (2:57 pm)

        Ah ha! Good to know.

  • Chuck August 19, 2019 (7:15 pm)

    What a traffic headache on the bridge today.  Why can’t these hydrants be tested at night?  Geez

  • Barfly August 19, 2019 (7:17 pm)

    The Hydrant is opening? At last!

  • FirstTimeCaller August 19, 2019 (10:04 pm)

    Water was fine all day until now— rusty brown out of all faucets and fixtures. West of Alaska Junction. 

    • WSB August 19, 2019 (11:01 pm)

      That’s kind of an odd delay so it could be something else – I’d advise calling the # to let them know.

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