Fire hydrant program

  • Project typeWater
  • Project scheduleOngoing
  • Contractor nameGCISolutions
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We maintain, test and replace fire hydrants across the city to ensure they are ready for action when needed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Hydrant maintenance and testing

  • Check for corrosion and leaks
  • Clean the concrete surrounds and vacuuming out the hydrant
  • Repaint the hydrant lid
  • Install new road markers
  • Test the pressure and flow by releasing water from the hydrant (while we are aware of water saving concerns, testing is essential to ensure the hydrant complies to water pressure and flow rate standards)

Depending on the level of work required, we will spend between 10 minutes to 20 minutes at each hydrant location.

Should defects be identified, the hydrant will be repaired or replaced so we may need more than one visit.

Hydrant replacement

  • Turn the water supply off 
  • Remove the old hydrant and install a new one
  • Replace the short tee section of pipe supplying the hydrant
  • Test the hydrant

It will usually take between two to four hours to replace the hydrant.

Community impacts

  • Temporary water shutdowns: residents and business will be notified in advance via a water interruption notice
  • Noise and dust
  • Changed traffic conditions
  • Changed on-street parking arrangements
  • Temporary footpath closures and diversions

Hours of work are generally 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

We will do our best to minimise disruption and thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these essential works.

How you can help

The community plays an important role in ensuring hydrants remain ready for action when needed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

  • Do not place anything over a hydrant, for example, mulch, garden beds or ornaments
  • Do not park vehicles over a hydrant
  • Report leaks or damage by calling us on 1300 000 928