A key element of this process is annual inspection of fire hydrants to ensure that the caps on hydrant outlets can be easily removed, that the hydrant can easily be opened and closed, that the hydrant drains properly so that it will not freeze in the winter, and verifying static pressure (pressure with no water flow). In addition to annual inspection, we generally flow test hydrants in coordination with the water system every four years to verify the available water flow rate.
These inspections and tests are required by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau, the organization that sets the fire insurance ratings for our community. Completing these tests is a key element in maintaining or improving our fire insurance rating.
If you see a damaged or obstructed fire hydrant, please use the web form below to let us know. We will work with the water system and property owner (if the hydrant is obstructed) to correct the deficiency. You can also use the web form to contact us if you have a question about a fire hydrant.