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Utilities Kingston to Inspect and Rate Hydrants to Support Fire Protection
May 21, 2014 -
Activities May Discolour Tap Water
Starting mid-May, Utilities Kingston begins its annual fire hydrant inspection and flow rating program to help support fire protection. Residents may notice discoloured tap water or reduced water pressure. They are assured the water is still safe and should run their cold water tap until it is clear.
"Flow rating requires that we open the hydrant to maximum flow. This can reduce water pressure and disturb deposits that normally occur in water mains, possibly discolouring the water that services neighbouring homes and businesses. We want residents to know that the water is still safe and they are encouraged to flush their pipes until the water is clear," explains Kevin Riley, Director of Water and Wastewater Operations for Utilities Kingston.
All 3,200 hydrants in the municipal water distribution system are inspected and 20 per cent of the hydrants are flow rated on an annual basis. This year, more than 500 hydrants in Hydrant Zone 4 (south of Creekford Road and west of Bayridge Drive to Coronation Boulevard) will be flow rated.
As part of this program, licensed water distribution operators from Utilities Kingston will inspect mechanical parts for proper operation, assess the overall condition of fire hydrants, and flush and flow rate hydrants. Once the hydrants are rated, they are marked blue, green, orange or red to let firefighters know the flow rate (in US gallons per minute) of the hydrant.
"It's important for firefighters be able to have knowledge of the water supply available through a hydrant when we arrive at the scene of a fire," says Assistant Chief and Director of Fire Prevention, Paul Patry. "Ensuring that our water supply is ready and available will help us save lives and protect homes and businesses from fire damage."
Fire hydrant inspection and flow rating will take place Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from mid-May until September. Utilities Kingston customers can get more information about the program by visiting www.utilitieskingston.com/hydrants
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.