Hydrant Testing Taking Place Through Nov. 18
Posted on 10/24/2018
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department, in partnership with Alliance Water Resources, will begin testing fire hydrants throughout the city this week. The annual testing should be completed by Nov. 18. There are approximately 2,000 fire hydrants throughout the city of Cape Girardeau.

During this time, residents might notice a slight discoloration of their water. In the event that the color has changed, residents should run a stream of water for approximately one minute. The testing could also create a slight decrease in water pressure. In the event that water pressure does decrease, this should be minimal and only last for a few minutes. Residents with any water service questions or concerns are welcome to call Alliance at 573-339-6357.

Testing consists of checking valve operation and flow rates, and maintenance and lubrication of the hydrant cap threads. Personnel will also note the overall condition of the hydrant itself. Alliance employees will repair or replace any hydrants as needed. According to National Fire Protection Association codes and standards (NFPA 291), all fire hydrants should be tested at least every five years and flushed annually. Fire hydrant testing and maintenance is a key component of fire protection in the city.

For more information:

Cape Girardeau Fire Department
573-339-6330 // capefire@cityofcape.org

Alliance Water Resources
573-339-6357 // capepublicworks@cityofcape.org