LITTLE ROCK – During the month of April, the Little Rock Fire Department, in coordination with Central Arkansas Water (CAW), will be conducting begin inspecting and testing the first phase of the year 2017 flow-and-drain tests on public fire hydrants within the city limits of Little Rock. Because the inspections involve the increased flow of water from fire hydrants, some customers may notice discolored water at the tap during the process.
The flow-and-drain hydrant inspections tests will begin on Saturday, March 25, and will continue each week through Friday, April 28. Each week, Fire Department crews will conduct tests during daylight hours to pose as little inconvenience as possible to residents and businesses. Testing occurs in different geographical areas of the City and is part of routine semi-annual maintenance.
The purpose of the inspections tests is are two-fold: To check fire hydrants for proper operation, leaks, and other possible maintenance concerns to ensure the fire hydrants are operating properly and are usable in the event of a fire or other emergency and to comply with the requirements of the City’s Class 2 fire insurance rating. A quality firefighting system means better protection of people, property, and public health and, in some cases, lower home insurance premiums. The flow-and-drain tests also help to enhance water quality by turning over water in low-usage water mains.
The City of Little Rock, in coordination with CAW, conducts the flow-and-drain tests in April and October to ensure the fire hydrants are operating properly and are usable in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires water. A quality firefighting system means better protection of people, property, and public health and, in some cases, lower home insurance premiums.
The increased flow of water from the hydrants during testing occasionally can result in discolored water at the customer’s tap. The discolored water is safe but can stain clothing so customers are advised NOT TO WASH clothing in the discolored water. CAW further also advises customers to check for discolored water in their washing machines before washing clothes during the designated flushing period for their geographical area.
If a customer has discolored water for more than an extended period of time, the customer should call Central Arkansas Water at (501) 377.1239.
The following is the March – April 2017 fire hydrant testing/inspection schedule for Little Rock:
March 25 – March 31 Area of the City of Little Rock within a line that roughly runs along University Avenue south from the Arkansas River to Fourche Creek at Mabelvale Pike and Arch Street, east to Broadway, and north to the Arkansas River (excludes the University of Arkansas at Little Rock/UALR and area south of Asher Avenue, east of University Avenue, and west of Fourche Creek)
April 1 – 7 Area of the City of Little Rock east of Broadway Street
April 8 – 14 Area of the City of Little Rock roughly bounded by the Arkansas River on the north; University Avenue on the east; 28th Street on the south; and the city limits on the west
April 15 – 21 Area of the City of Little Rock west of University Avenue, area south of 28th Street, and all of Southwest Little Rock (includes Broadmoor Subdivision and UALR campus)
April 22 – 28
The Fire Department and water utility cannot provide the exact day of the week that firefighters will be testing in a specific neighborhood; however, the Fire Department tests only during the daytime and will test in each geographical area during the week designated.
Customers with questions about the actual testing and inspection schedule for the fire hydrants should call Central Arkansas Water at (501) 377.1245 or the Little Rock Fire Department at (501) 918.3700.
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