Fire Hydrant Flow Testing
This service is done to identify the amount of water a certain fire hydrant can deliver during an emergency situation. This service is done on a continuing basis so that problems can be identified and then eliminated. All hydrants are color coded in accordance with national standards so that District personnel can identify what gallons per minute a given fire hydrant can deliver.
Fire hydrant flushing and flow testing is done in close cooperation with the three water purveyors within the service area of the District which includes: The City of Roseburg Water Department, Roberts Creek Water District and Umpqua Basin Water Association.
Questions and Answers
Why is the water pressure low?
Your water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested.
Why is my water discolored?
Due to the fire hydrant flushing, customers could experience a temporary discoloration of water, which is due to the unsetting of rust and/or sediment in the water main.
What should I do about the discolored water?
Run the cold water for about five minutes – this should clear up the water.
My clothes have been stained from the rust or sediment in the water, what should I do?
You should clean them with a stain remover.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, if the water would be unsafe for any reason to drink, a boil alert would be issued by the water purveyor(s).
If you would like further information about this topic, please feel free to contact the District’s Fire Prevention Division at 541-673-5503; Extension 337.