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Posted on: April 12, 2023

Panama City Fire Dept. to conduct annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance in May

Photo of a fire hydrant with words that read, "Annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance."

The Panama City Fire Department will be conducting Hydrant Maintenance in Panama City beginning May 1, 2023 through June 9, 2023.

Hydrant Maintenance includes lower impact annual duties compared to Fire Hydrant Flow Testing, which is conducted every five years.

The duties being performed are:

  • Clean around and remove any foliage obstructing the hydrant’s view or operation. 
  • Inspect hydrant for defects. 
  • Pressure test. 
  • Lightly flush the fire hydrant. 
  • Grease caps. 
  • When replacing defective or broken markers, remove the old markers from the street.

This is an annual requirement from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1) Fire Code, Section 18.5.5, Testing and Maintenance.

Light flushing of the fire hydrants in your area may cause a slight discoloration in your household water. If you notice any discoloration in your water, please allow it to run until it clears.

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