Fire hydrant flow testing provides important field information to water service planners and Fire Brigades. This enables accurate estimation of the capabilities of water mains.
The prime concern of water companies appears to be the impact of hydrant inspection, testing and flow testing activities by Fire Brigades on the quality of water in their distribution systems.
The prime concern of Fire Brigades appears to be the validity of hydrant testing and inspection and the cost of repairs.
Fire hydrant testing also uncovers a number of mechanical problems such as leaks and valves that don’t operate properly. It is important they are discovered and repaired before the hydrant is needed in an emergency.