Whitfield County to perform water flow tests: What residents need to know

Whitfield County to perform water flow tests: What residents need to know

August 21st, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The Whitfield County Fire Department will perform flow tests on fire hydrants across the county from Sept. 3-30. 

The tests, which will be conducted Monday-Friday, are to ensure the proper working condition, water flow and pressure of the hydrants for needed water supply during fire suppression, according to a news release. It's part of the International Fire Code and standards of the National Fire Protection Association.

Residents are urged to use caution while approaching testing sites and prepare for personnel near the roadway and standing or flowing water.

Discolored water and periods of pressure fluctuations could occur in homes during testing. The discoloration is caused by the disturbance of sediments in the water mains while the hydrants are flowed, the release states. Resident who experience discolored water can run  cold water for a period of time to clear up the flow.

"We apologize for any inconveniences during this mandatory process that is a requirement of the Insurance Service Office (ISO)," the release states.


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