Converse Heights fire hydrant flow testing in progress

October 5, 2018

As part of its ongoing preventive maintenance efforts, Spartanburg Water began conducting fire hydrant flow testing throughout the Converse Heights community in late September, working Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for several weeks. During fire flow testing, utility staff will move systematically through the area and exercise all hydrants by opening them and flushing water from the hydrant for several minutes. During flow testing, flow rates and system pressures are measured. This service is to ensure that hydrants are operating as intended and able to provide sufficient flows before an emergency event occurs. 

Hydrant flow crews will be flowing hydrants throughout the community. Service disruptions are to be expected as crews perform testing and residents are notified prior to disruptions.

Fire hydrant flow test results are used to determine the amount of water than can be safely delivered from a fire hydrant when used by fire department personnel. When hydrant flow testing is complete all hydrants will be color coded. Color coding allows fire department personnel to easily identify the flow available at a hydrant in gallons per minute (GPM). Hydrants within the Converse Heights Community have not been flowed in several years. Testing is expected to last several weeks.

As a result of hydrant flow testing and due to the age of the water lines within Converse Heights, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. Discoloration results when mineral deposits found on the interior of the waterline break loose or become suspended as a result of increased flow through the lines. Spartanburg Water will attempt to minimize this discoloration and disruption to residents’ service as much as possible by following the steps outlined below:

  • If you continue to experience discoloration in your water after Spartanburg Water crews have completed the hydrant flows, you should attempt to clear the pipes in your home by running all water faucets for several minutes.
  • If after flushing your internal plumbing the discoloration does not go away, please contact Spartanburg Water Customer Service at (864) 582-6375 and personnel will be dispatched to clear any remaining discoloration.

Spartanburg Water crews will be on site Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for the next several weeks. 

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of about 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community.