During a fire is not the time to make sure a fire hydrant is accessible and working properly.
Throughout June and July Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) crews will be testing all fire hydrants throughout the District to make sure each hydrant has adequate water pressure and clean, functioning threads. Crews will also check that hydrants have a 5’ clearance with an unobstructed view from the street as required by the District’s Fire Prevention Code.
Testing will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crews will test all 4,291 hydrants.
“We need to make sure the hydrants are not physically or visually obstructed,” CCFR Chief Dan Aubuchon says. “If hydrants are blocked from the view of firefighters it could cost precious time during an emergency.”
Crews will also use this time to flush any rust and/or mineral deposits out of the hydrants and water lines.
Residents can expect some water discoloration during the testing period. This murkiness is not harmful; discoloration should dissipate within a few hours of the testing. To speed up the process, residents can also run cold water for five minutes to clear any remaining sediment from the line.
Questions? Contact our administrative office at 636-970-9700.