The Water Department will be conducting the hydrant flow tests on the second Wednesday of every month. During this time, you may experience low water pressure or discolored water for up to 24 hours. We ask that you run your water on cold for 10 to 15 minutes until it clears. We also suggest that you do not do any laundry during this time. Please keep in mind, that emergencies arise, but the BPW plans to consistently adhere to the hydrant flow test schedule.
These Hydrant Flow Tests are necessary because, as of October 11, 2021, the City of Lewes requires all one/two family dwelling projects that are deemed to be new construction to have a fire suppression system installed in the dwelling. This requires the Water Department to certify the hydrant location, the system flow, static/residual and pitot pressure, and the availability of water flow for the dwelling prior to the City of Lewes granting a Building Permit.
We ask that you direct any questions or concerns regarding the Hydrant Flow Test requirements to the City of Lewes at 302-645-7777. Questions or concerns regarding issues with the water quality should be directed to the Lewes BPW at 302-645-6228.