Annual Fire Hydrant Testing 2017

May 17, 2017 02:00 PM
The City of Galesburg Water Division in conjunction with the Galesburg Fire Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing and testing program on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Hydrant testing will occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Thursday's testing will include the town square, West Main Street to North Henderson Street, and from North Henderson Street to Carl Sandburg Drive. General hydrant flushing locations will be posted daily on the City’s website as well as provided to local radio stations and news media. 
Fire Department personnel will incorporate a unidirectional method in the testing process. This is a method of cleaning water mains through a network of flushing sequences, with the water being discharged from the largest port on a fire hydrant. 
Implementing this program will ensure the greatest quality of water throughout the entire system. This technique allows higher water flow velocities to produce better scouring of pipes. This process will dislodge and remove mineral deposits that have accumulated in the water mains.
The benefits include maintaining and potentially improving the water quality level in the mains. This method will also reduce bacteriological growth, restore disinfection residuals, improve color and turbidity, control corrosion and can help restore flow and pressures in the distribution system.
Additionally, this testing process confirms that hydrants are in working order and available water flow is sufficient for use in fire emergencies. There are approximately 1,400 public hydrants and 200 private hydrants tested and maintained  in the city by the Fire Department. 
There may be a slight drop in pressure or a presence of discoloration from the minerals and sediment that are being flushed out of the system. Service should not be disrupted during the flushing process.  
The City urges all residents to use caution while traveling around the firefighters and their vehicles and while entering areas of water accumulation during this program. The annual process takes about six to eight weeks to complete.   
Contact :
Water Division
Phone:    309/345-3649
Fire Department
Phone:   309/345-3756


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