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Newton Fire Department staff has started hydrant testing in the community for 2019. Hydrant tested this year are in the area from the east side of 1st Street to the west side of E 8th Street. Crews are starting along 1st Avenue and moving north to the city limits. They will then go back to 1st Avenue and move south to the city limits. All testing should be wrapped up by the end of August. Inspections ensure that the hydrants are operational and determine the amount of water flow.