Published On: Tue, Oct 6th, 2015

Waycross refuses to let Pierce County test fire hydrants in legislatively de-annexed areas

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hydrantThe City of Waycross has refused to let Pierce County fire officials test hydrants that the city owns on land in Pierce County that was legislatively de-annexed July 1. In a fire chief-to-fire chief request, Pierce County asked if it could test the hydrants for Insurance Service Organization, or ISO, ratings that are used to set homeowner and commercial insurance rates, Waycross City Manager Raphel Maddox said. Pierce County Manager Paul Christian said he would be content to let the fire chiefs handle the situation, but he’s not concerned about it either way. Maddox said he refused the request because Pierce County has no full-time water and sewer department and, as a result, does not have the expertise necessary to test the hydrants without the risk of damaging the system. “We don’t want to cause damage to Waycross city property and incur more cost to the taxpayers of Waycross,’’ Maddox said. Without property training, a “water hammer” could result that could damage the city’s 12-inch main and the connected pipes, Maddox said. A water hammer is a surge in pressure that results when water flow is stopped or redirected.

Source: Waycross refuses to let Pierce County test fire hydrants in legislatively de-annexed areas | jacksonville.com

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