Hydrant and Valve Replacement Program

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Project summary

To safeguard the public by ensuring fire hydrants are accessible and fully functioning, Unitywater is conducting a fire hydrant and valve replacement program. This annual program replaces old cast iron fire hydrants and valves with new, long lasting equipment which offers enhanced flow rates to improve fire fighting capability. These vital works are needed to ensure that emergency services personnel have easy access to hydrants with sufficient water pressure and flow rates to fight a fire.
Unitywater’s Contractor, Comdain, will be replacing hydrants and valves in Tewantin and Sunshine Beach from January to April 2017.

 

Fast facts

Overview

Replacement of aged fire hydrants and valves

Location

Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions

Completion

Annual program
Benefits

To safeguard the public by ensuring fire hydrants are accessible and fully functioning.

Supplier

Comdain

  

 If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

Project background

Old cast iron fire hydrants and valves can have reduced flow rates, meaning that water pressures and flows are not at optimal levels to fight a fire.
Some fire hydrants have also been obstructed by landscaping and are not easily accessible to emergency services personnel.
The fire hydrant replacement program improves safety by relacing aged hydrants and valves with new long-lasting equipment that offers improved flow rates.  

Project details

Residents will be informed in writing at least two weeks prior to the commencement of works and will also receive a water interruption notice 48 hours before any disruptions to water supply.

What we are doing

  • We are improving safety by replacing aged hydrants and valves with new long-lasting equipment that offers improved flow rates.
  • This will involve excavation at the hydrant and valve location. We will have safety measures in place to ensure the safety of the community, our contractors and staff at all times.

What to expect

  • The area immediately around the hydrant will be excavated and barricaded several days prior to the replacement.
  • Some interruptions to your water supply will be required and you will receive a notice in your letterbox at least 48 hours prior to any planned disruption to your water supply. This notification will detail the anticipated duration of the shutdown and the date on which it is to occur.
  • Unitywater endeavours to limit water interruptions to less than five hours
  • On completion of work all excavated areas, including council owned nature strips that have been landscaped by the property owner, will only be reinstated with turf, mulch or topsoil where required.

Following hydrant and valve replacement

  • Wherever practicable Unitywater will restore the affected area to its original condition.
  • Some temporary discoloration of water may occur as a result of this work. If you experience dirty water, please:
    • turn on the tap nearest to ground level (usually an outside tap) 
    • let it run for up to five minutes until water runs clear.

This costs less than 25 cents and on average uses less than 125 litres of water. You can capture this water in a bucket and then reuse it in your garden. If water remains discoloured please contact us on 1300 0 UNITY (1300 086 489) stating that the issue is in relation to the hydrant and valve replacement. It is advised that you not use the water for washing during this period.

Unitywater appreciates the community’s support and understanding as we carry out this critical community service.

 

More information

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us.

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Older hydrant being removed and replaced

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Interior of replaced hydrant.

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Older hydrant being removed and replaced

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Older hydrant being removed and replaced

Surface view of hydrant before replacement

Original surface view of valve prior to replacement

Previous hydrant

Original valve

Replacement hydrant

New replacement valve

Surface view after hydrant was replaced

Surface view of valve and garden restoration post valve replacement.

 

    Did You Know
  • A garden hose can use 15 litres of water per minute. That's 150 litres of water in just 10 minutes!