The Cartersville Fire Department is partnering with the city's Water Department over the next several weeks for its annual fire hydrant testing process.

Hydrants scheduled to be tested today, May 28, include:

• Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Allatoona Dam Road - Out Of Service

• DOT Office

• Behind DOT Office

• North of DOT office

• Joe Frank Harris Parkway

• Just North of Old River Road

• Old River Road first, second and third hydrants east of JFH

• 436 Old River Rd.

• Old River Road under I-75 Bridge

• 800 Old River Road east of I-75

Hydrants scheduled to be tested Wednesday, May 29, include:

• U.S. Hwy. 41 and Peachtree

• U.S. Hwy. 41 500 feet south of Peachtree

• 215 Morningside Drive

• 186 Morningside Drive

• 175 Morningside Drive

• Across from 118 Morningside

• 51 N. Morningside Drive

• 1 Forrest Lane

• 25 Forrest Lane

• 30 Morningside Drive at entrance to Academy shopping center

• Morningside Drive behind Academy Shopping Center

• 449 E Main

• 453 E Main at Academy Sports

• At Academy Sports

Hydrants scheduled to be tested Thursday, May 30, include:

• E. Main St. behind Longhorns

• E. Main St. behind building on Cside

• E. Main St. beside Kroger

• Liberty Drive and E Main

• 5 Liberty Drive at Wachovia

• Liberty Drive entrance to Post Office

• Liberty Drive end of Liberty

• E. Church St. behind Kroger on Church Street side

• E. Main St. and E Church

• E. Main St. across from 595 E Main

• 375 Cherokee Place

• 445 Cherokee Place

• West side of Kohl's Parking Lot

• 620 E. Main St.

Testing will always take place Monday through Thursday and be completed by noon to allow ample time for any challenges that are encountered, the release stated.

Since hydrants do not get used on a regular basis, testing the hydrants helps identify any problems so they can be corrected and save the Fire Department valuable time in the event of a fire.

The city is working to keep all residents and businesses informed of when testing will be taking place in their area.

Signs with dates will be placed in the applicable areas prior to testing, phone messages will be sent out using the Connect CTY system and the media will receive the schedules ahead of time.

"This process should not cause any inconvenience to the public. However, occasionally, testing the hydrants does stir up some sediment in the pipes, causing some minor discoloration. If this occurs, the water is perfectly safe for drinking, but please run water until it is clear prior to washing any laundry.

"The city appreciates the public’s patience when this critical testing is taking place in their area."

Accurate and current hydrant flow data affects the community's fire insurance rating that has a direct bearing on the cost of residential and commercial insurance policies.

"This is one of the contributing tasks that helped reduce our ISO rating to a Class 1 this year," the release stated. "This ISO rating is the highest that can be achieved and less than 1 percent of the communities nationwide obtain this classification."

Common problems encountered during the annual hydrant testing program include obstruction by shrubs, out of service valves, caps that cannot be removed, inadequate water pressure, insufficient water supply or broken lines.

These problems if not corrected can cause major issues for firefighters during an emergency.

Testing of fire hydrants also has a long-term benefit, as it reduces iron deposits in the water system.

With more than 1,400 fire hydrants in the city of Cartersville, the testing process has recently been re-evaluated and modifications have been made.

The goal is to complete one-fifth of hydrants each year, establishing a five-year rotation for accurate flow data for the Water System. This modified rotation plan also will conserve water, the release stated.

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