City Departments Team Up to Test Fire Hydrants

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Topeka Fire Department has teamed up with Topeka Water to ensure more than 5,000 City fire hydrants within the City limits are in working condition when needed to fight fires.

The partnership will also improve efficiencies by freeing up time for Water personnel to better maintain the City’s water distribution system and make necessary repairs on a timely basis.

Firefighters will test fire hydrant pressures and flow rates and note any repairs or maintenance needs. Water personnel will follow up with repairs within three days. The tops of the hydrants will be painted various colors to indicate the fire flow ability of the fire hydrant. This is crucial information for firefighters who connect hoses to a hydrant during a fire. Further, the pressure and flow information can then be analyzed to determine areas where improvements will be beneficial to fire fighting efforts.

Testing will only occur April 1st – October 1st, Monday through Friday 7am-3pm and only when the temperature is above 45 degrees. Customers in areas where testing takes place may notice red or cloudy water and are asked to let the water run at each tap for 10-15 minutes or until the lines are clear. Faucet screens and aerators may need to be cleaned following such testing.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 42624802 - wibw.com/a?a=42624802
Gray Television, Inc.