Victoria Fire Department conducting flow testing and hydrant maintenance through end of April
April 2, 2014 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
The Victoria Fire Department is conducting annual hydrant maintenance and flow testing of about 580 fire hydrants throughout the city.
The maintenance and flow testing will be conducted during the month of April, or longer if needed to complete., according to a news release from the city of Victoria.
During flow testing, the hydrants are flushed until all of the dirt is washed out of the line, and the water runs clear. This process typically takes one to three minutes.
During the flow testing, residents may notice cloudy or brown water coming from their faucets. Residents are asked to run the faucet until the water clears up.
Flow testing is conducted to clear sediment from the hydrant's system and ensures the fire suppression system for the city is maintained.
This process also allows firefighters to familiarize themselves with the fire hydrants in their fire station districts and exercises the hydrants so they function effectively when needed, according to the news release.
Hydrant maintenance was previously completed by a private contractor annually.
For more information, please call the Victoria Fire Department at 361-485-3450 or Public Works at 361-485-3381.