Fire Hydrant Inspection and Testing Program

Did you know that there are around 36,000 fire hydrants across Tasmania that TasWater are accountable for?

A project has kicked off which will look at introducing a State wide approach to the inspection and testing of fire hydrants, starting with a pilot in the North.

“Consider what happens if a fire crew go looking for a hydrant on the GIS, which someone has built over the top of, or which can’t be opened, or delivers only a trickle of water,” says Program Lead, Michael Peters.

“We need to improve the reliability of our databases and the compliance of the entire fire-hydrant network.

“So we’ve brought together a wide-based team including asset champions, business systems and project delivery to make sure what we create works.

“We’ve developed a program-wide approach, which we are going to trial with 300 hydrants in various communities in the North. The learnings from this trial will then be used to create a State wide tender in 2020.”

The tender for the trial was released on 4 December, with the pilot expected to be conducted in February/March 2020.

You can view an interactive map of the fire hydrants to be tested here: