Fire Flow Information
If it is necessary for a builder to provide the available fire flow information to the local planning or fire protection agencies, or in order to design a sprinkler system, it is possible to make a request for that information from the District by submitting a Request for Estimated Fire Flow Information Form. If sufficient current data exists to estimate the probable flows without a field test, this information will be provided to the applicant and the governing fire authority. If an adequate estimate of flows cannot be made, the applicant will be informed that a flow test will be necessary. The District will schedule flow tests after applicant has submitted a Fire Flow Field Test Request Form. Flow tests are performed by governing fire protection district personnel, or by a qualified representative acceptable to both the District and fire districts. To ensure that the system is not operated in a manner that will endanger the water system or its customers, a District employee must be present to operate the hydrants and supervise the procedure. A fee, per hour, payable in advance, will be charged by Left Hand Water District for a flow test.
Fire Hydrant Installation Request
Most fire hydrants within the District are installed by developers, as part of new subdivision construction. The District does not install fire hydrants except as part of a main line construction project where they are utilized to facilitate the testing and flushing of the new line. Occasionally individuals will want to have a hydrant installed at a specific location. In order to request that a fire hydrant be installed the applicant must submit a Fire Hydrant Installation Review Request Form and the associated fees. The hydrant, if approved, must be installed by a contractor on the District’s Qualified Contractors List. All associated costs are at the expense of the Applicant, and the Applicant must engage the contractor’s services and pay the contractor directly. There is a one-time inspection/maintenance fee per hydrant payable to the District in advance of the installation.
Fire Hydrant Meter Rental
Anyone needing to take water from any fire hydrant within the District’s boundaries is required to rent a hydrant meter from the District, or to use their own hydrant meter or “load count” upon approval of the District. Proof of Liability Insurance in excess of $150,000 per individual and $600,000 per occurrence is required.
All meters are rented on a first come first serve basis. To rent a meter, please call 303-530-4200, before you come to our office to see if a meter is available. Completion of a Fire Hydrant Meter Rental Agreement and separate payment for a damage deposit and a service fee are required.
Anyone caught using a District fire hydrant without approval is subject to a substantial fine as outlined in our Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.
Hydrant meters will be used only at hydrants designated by the District. A LHWD employee must make the initial connection at the designated hydrant. The Distribution Manager must approve any change in location of the hydrant meter. Satisfactory inspection of the meter and the original location of the fire hydrant and road area must be completed before a hydrant meter can be relocated. Reconnection at a new location will be done only by LHWD employee with an additional service fee to be billed for each new location.
Hydrant meters will not be removed from the District’s service area and must be available for meter reading and inspection by District personnel at the designated hydrant location, or returned to the District office.
See the Fire Hydrant Meter Rental Agreement form for information on the rental fee and cost of water usage and to download and complete the form prior to coming to our office to rent a meter.