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Berthoud Fire Protection District to inspect fire hydrants

The Surveyor | August 12, 2022 | Local News

Berthoud Fire Protection District has announced that they will be inspecting fire hydrants in our community.  The fire hydrant testing is schedule for Saturday, August 13 thru Wednesday, August 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The inspection involves removing all caps and lubricating the threads as well as flowing water to ensure each hydrant is operating properly.

All fire hydrants in the community are known as dry barrel hydrants, meaning that there is no water in the barrel of the hydrant until the hydrant is opened.  This helps ensure that the hydrants will not freeze in cold weather and will therefore be available when needed for a fire.  After every use and inspection, the hydrants are closed, and the water drains out.  Hydrants that do not drain properly, or with other problems, are reported to Town of Berthoud or the Little Thompson Water District for further maintenance.

This annual testing is essential to maintain the community’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification of a Class 2, 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.

Customers who experience any discolored water problems after the hydrants are tested, are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside of the house and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes.  This will normally clear up the agitated water from the service line to the home.  Sediment can accumulate in the lines which can cause discoloration.  It is recommended to check that both the hot and cold laundry water is clear before washing clothing.  If water discoloration does not improve or further problems occur, contact the Town of Berthoud Water Department by calling 970-532-2643 or the Little Thompson Water District at 970-532-2096.

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