The National Fire Protection Agency is a worldwide non-profit organization that’s dedicated to eliminating deaths caused by fire and electrical related hazards. They are seen as the voice of authority when it comes to fire codes and safety standards. They also provide guidelines and recommendations for multiple kinds of fire equipment related tests. The American Water Works Association also works with water utilities to help ensure regulatory compliance.
Fire Hydrant Testing
It is very important to regularly test fire hydrants. One of the most important fire hydrant tests is a fire hydrant flow test. A fire hydrant flow test is used to measure the water rate and pressure in any location in an underground water distribution system. The reason this test is so important is because it will determine whether or not that water source is capable of producing water at a certain velocity. If the water pressure is too low it may not be strong enough to put out a fire.
Water Valve Survey
Another important fire hydrant related test is a water valve survey. It is critical to know the specific locations of all your water valves, and also to know if the water valves are operating efficiently. This is useful information in the event that water needs to be shut down quickly. For example, in the event of a water main break you want to be able to locate and shut off valves as quickly as possible.
There are several different objectives for these standardized types of testing. Tests can help determine the effectiveness of existing infrastructure, improve the reliability of existing valves, help crews respond more quickly by knowing the exact location of valves and help reduce water loss. Another significant benefit is to help develop or improve data used in GIS applications, which government agencies and construction companies rely on frequently. Lastly, tests can help determine any significant data trends.