Fire hydrant testing begins in Cartersville
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Cartersville firefighter Mack King tests a fire hydrant at the entrance to Carter Grove Plantation. Since hydrants do not get used on a regular basis, testing identifies problems that can be corrected to save valuable time in the event of a fire.
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Cartersville firefighter Mack King tests a fire hydrant at the entrance to Carter Grove Plantation. Since hydrants do not get used on a regular basis, testing identifies problems that can be corrected to save valuable time in the event of a fire. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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The Cartersville Fire Department will be partnering with the Cartersville Water Department over the next several weeks as the fire hydrant testing process begins for 2012.

Since hydrants do not get used on a regular basis, testing the hydrants helps identify any problems so they can be corrected, saving the fire department valuable time in the event of a fire. Accurate and current hydrant flow data also affects the communities insurance rating, which has a direct bearing on the cost of residential and commercial insurance policies. Common problems include obstruction by shrubs, out of service valves, caps that cannot be removed, inadequate water pressure, insufficient water supply or broken lines. 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 Cartersville, the testing process has recently been re-evaluated and modifications have been made. The goal is to complete one-third of hydrants each year, establishing a three-year rotation for accurate flow data for the water system; this is the second year of this rotation. This modified rotation will also conserve water. Testing will always take place Monday through Thursday and will be completed by noon. This allows ample time for any challenges that are encountered.

The city is working hard 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.

The first round of tests involve the following addresses:

Today

* 16 Ashwood Drive

* 10 Canterbury Walk

* 32 Ashwood Drive

* Belmont Drive, first on the right

* 4 Greywood Lane

* 12 Greywood Lane

* 27 Greywood Lane

* 5 Rock Ridge Court

* 21 Rock Ridge Court

* 35 Rock Ridge Court

Thursday

* 4 GrovePointe Way

* 4 Plantation Ridge

* 8 Plantation Ridge

* 14 Plantation Ridge

* 22 Plantation Ridge

* 14 GrovePointe Way

* 24 GrovePointe Way

* 32 GrovePointe Way

* 40 GrovePointe Way

* 10 Grove Sprints Court

* Grove Springs Court

May 7

* 5 Autumn Woods Drive

* 8 Autumn Woods Drive

* 18 Autumn Woods Drive

* 4 Ridgemont Way

* 5 Ivy Stone Court

* 13 Ivy Stone Court

* 21 Ivy Stone Court

* 3 GreenCliff Way

* 9 GreenCliff Way

* 24 GreenCliff Way

* 29 Ridgemont Way

May 8

* 5 Brownwood Drive

* 7 Brownwood Drive

* 19 Brownwood Drive

* Bluff Court and Brownwood

* 10 Bluff Court

* 2 Westview Court

* 5 Westview Court

* 5 Graystone Way

* 23 Graystone Way

* 32 Graystone Way

May 9

* First hydrant on Carter Grove Boulevard past Belmont

* 6 Carter Grove Blvd.

* 25 Carter Grove Blvd.

* 14 Lakewood Court

* 26 Lakewood Court

* 40 Lakewood Court

* 4 Creekview Drive

* 5 Eastview Court

* 8 Flagstone Court

* 16 Creekview Drive

* 28 Creekview Drive

* 1 Bridgestone Way

* 19 Bridgestone Way

* 35 Bridgestone Way

May 10

* 2 River Shoals Drive

* 10 River Shoals Drive

* 3 Settlers Cove

* 30 Settlers Cove

* 30 River Shoals Drive

* 1 Longview Point

* 6 Longview Point

* 11 Laurel Trail

* 14 Longview Point

* 4 Creekstone Court

* 38 River Shoals Drive

* 48 River Shoals Drive

This process should not cause any inconvenience to the public, however, testing the hydrants does occasionally stir up some sediment in the pipes, causing some minor discoloration. If this occurs, the water is still safe for drinking. It is recommended, though, that the water be run until it is clear prior to washing any laundry.