Junction City, Kan. — The Junction City Fire Department will be continuing the process of hydrant testing starting this week during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday. The City hydrants will be tested to ensure they’re operable and able to produce the required water pressure when needed to supply water for firefighting purposes.
Because this testing must be done during normal operating hours, it is impossible to know in advance just where or when exactly the testing will take place in any specific area.
Opening hydrants can sometimes cause a temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes. The discoloration is not harmful in any way and can be cleared up by running the water for a few minutes.
This kind of testing not only ensures the protection of Junction City residents, it’s also an evaluation indicator used by the Insurance Services Organization which rates cities according to the fire protection they offer. The recent Insurance Services Organization rating resulted in the elevation of the City of Junction City to a Class 3 protection rating, by maintaining a system of checks and maintenance on the City’s fire protection assets, your department is working to maintain and potentially lower the overall Insurance Services Organization’s current rating and with your assistance and patience we can do it.
The following areas is where this year’s testing of hydrants will be;
- 1st concentration: Ash street north to HWY 18 and Spring Valley Rd east to Eisenhower Dr
- 2nd concentration: HWY 18 north to North Park Dr and Spring Valley Rd east to Custer Rd
- 3rd concentration: Wildcat Ln north to Rucker Rd and Munson Rd east to Spring Valley Rd
- 4th concentration: Rucker Rd north to city limits and Blue Jay Way east to HWY 77
Maintenance and testing will start April 11th and be completed by May 27th.