City of Cocoa Utilities Department Implementing Hydrant Assessment and Repair Program
By Space Coast Daily // March 14, 2019
Valves and hydrants are critical components of the city’s potable water distribution system
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Utilities Department is responsible for over 17,000 valves and over 6,000 fire hydrants located throughout our potable water distribution system.
Valves and hydrants are critical components of the city’s potable water distribution system.
These components require regularly scheduled maintenance to minimize the potential for impacts to the community associated with asset repairs, water main breaks, and distribution system improvements.
In 2012, the Utilities Department implemented a Valve and Hydrant Assessment and Repair Program as part of their system-wide, long-term, preventative maintenance program.
Program Goals and Objectives:
- Focusing on resident and contractor safety
- Improving service reliability in the area
- Increasing water distribution efficiencies and performance
- Repairing/Replacing inoperable hydrants and valves within the utility’s service area
- Updating residents, businesses and local community and addressing public concerns
- Minimizing inconvenience during the program
- The Valve and Hydrant Assessment and Repair Program specifies that hydrants will be assessed every two years. These inspections are conducted per the methods recommended in the American Water Works Association Manual 17.
- Hydrants that fail inspections are replaced or repaired within 48 hours. Hydrants requiring minor repairs are addressed within two months, depending on staff availability.
This preventative maintenance Program extends the life of the equipment and reduces the chance of future failure.
This year, Hydromax USA will assist the Cocoa Utilities Department in completing the inspection of all hydrants in the current two-year assessment period.
Hydrant assessments include the operation of the hydrant isolation valve and flushing of the hydrant. This assessment will be followed by the painting of the hydrants. No action is required by Cocoa’s water customers.
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