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The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District will be flowing fire hydrants through the end of October. This testing is done to ensure hydrants are working properly and to note any need for repair or replacement.
“This testing process will assist in making a plan for prioritizing the hydrants and is a necessary step in getting an accurate picture of any repairs or replacements that are needed moving forward,” said Assistant Fire Marshal, Mark Regan. “Water systems are constantly being impacted by improvements, deterioration, changes in usage, and even water district maintenance activities which may affect zone valve settings.
As a result it is important to periodically test all fire hydrants to determine what their capabilities would be in an emergency.”
In addition to determining fire flows, testing can uncover a number of mechanical problems from valves that don’t operate properly to leaks and even pump damaging debris flowing from hydrants.
It is imperative to discover problems and make repairs before the hydrant is needed in an emergency. The Fire District thanks the Incline Village General Improvement District Utilities Department during this process for their partnership and cooperation.
The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District appreciates the community’s patience during the testing period. For additional information, please contact Regan at 775-831-0351, ext. 8107.