The Alexandria Fire Department announces that during the month of June, the Fire Department will be inspecting the fire hydrants in our city. Fire crews will be out Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. until all of the 2,576 hydrants are inspected. The inspection involves removing all caps and lubricating the threads as well as flowing water to ensure that each hydrant is operating correctly.
This annual testing is essential to maintain the community’s Class 2 Public Protection Classification from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana and to ensure that hydrants are operating efficiently for fire protection purposes. Along with maintaining the fire rating, it identifies weak areas in the system, removes materials that settle in the hydrant, and cleans out the lines. Fire department personnel will check to ensure adequate clearance around all fire hydrants, and property owners should clear weeds and brush from blocked hydrants to aid in their easy identification and access. The fire code requires at least 36 inches of clear area around the hydrant for proper access and helps ensure that the hydrant is visible from the road.
During hydrant inspections, residents might experience temporary low water pressure or discolored (rusty) water. The discoloration of water will not harm an individual, although it may stain light-colored clothing. The fire department advises that you run your faucets until you have clean water. Wait to run your hot water or do laundry until your water is clear. If you have any questions, or should you notice a hydrant in need of repair, don’t hesitate to contact the fire department at 318-441-6600.