The City of Morganton Department of Public Safety Fire Division, along with the Water Resources Department, will be conducting Fire Hydrant flow tests later this month. The flow tests will begin March 13 and run through April 26. The flow testing will happen between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of each week during this time.
The annual testing program allows the fire department to identify the quantity of water and pressure available for firefighting operations at each hydrant. The testing is a critical component of Public Safety’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which directly affects the cost of homeowner insurance premiums. Public Safety is currently rated as a class 3 department.
The flow testing requires a large quantity of water and may disturb sediment that has settled in the water line. Residents and business owners that notice a discoloration in their water supply should allow an outdoor faucet to run until the water becomes clear again.
The specific area where the testing is happening each week will be posted on Morganton Public Safety's Facebook page, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/MorgantonPublicSafety/