What's going on? Fire hydrant tests being conducted in Hannibal

Hydrant testing
Fire hydrant testing is underway in Hannibal. On Wednesday a Board of Public Works employee was performing tests in the downtown area.
Danny Henley, Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Apr. 26, 2017 12:01 pm

The process of checking Hannibal’s 824 fire hydrants began earlier this month.

The Board of Public Works has dedicated two people to the task to lessen the amount of time that is needed.

One worker has been focused in the city’s high pressure zone. The other has been in the downtown area, in the low pressure zone.

"Fire hydrant flushing does several positive things," said Heath Hall of the BPW. "It provides valuable flow and pressure data for the water department and fire department, and allows us to access the conditions of fire hydrants and make any necessary repairs. It also flushes the system of debris that builds up in the mains."

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