Recently the City of League City and League City Volunteer Fire Department were draining the fire hydrants in Westover Park. The Worrell Team Realtors were preparing to meet with a client for a residential real estate listing in Westover Park, the gushing water in the streets got the Worrell Team thinking, why exactly do they drain fire hydrants? Why would they drain them when League City has been under many levels of water restrictions over the past year?
Fire hydrants are typically drained twice a year for testing and maintenance and it is vital to insure a well functioning hydrant. While the hydrants are being drained, water flow is checked to see if there are any clogs. Sediment and mineral deposits can clog a hydrant and slow down the water flow. Valves are greased and seals are checked as well. Hydrants are connected to the League City’s municipal water supply underground. The pressure coming out of the hydrant is anywhere from 50 to 80 psi, which is the same pressure that comes out of your kitchen sink. This pressure is not sufficient to extinguish a fire, so in the case of a fire, the League City Fire Department will connect the water flow to the pump on the truck, which increases the pressure significantly to extinguish a fire.
Even in times of water restrictions that League City has recently faced with the drought, it is still vital for fire prevention to test the hydrants at their scheduled times in the year. Our Westover Park in League City, TX neighbors and The Worrell Team Realtors would like to thank the volunteers of the League City Fire Department for their countless hours of hard work and dedication to keep our city safe.
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