The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority will undergo fire hydrant flow tests commencing on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and will be completed between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

The scheduled tests will utilize two Telog pressure recorders (designed to take readings at one minute intervals), a standard pressure gauge, and a diffuser with Pilot gauge. The purpose of the tests is to collect information for use in calibrating the hydraulic model.

ECUA Project Engineer, Brian Reid, E.I., says, “The hydraulic model is a computer-based representation of the water distribution system.  We will be performing fire hydrant flow tests in order to compare the results from the hydraulic model with actual flow and water pressure data collected in the field.”

The affected area includes; Woodland Street in Cantonment, just west of Highway 29, Fort Deposit Drive in Beulah, north of the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Mobile Highway, Chimney Pines Drive in Beulah, north of Mobile Highway, Mers Lane, southeast of the intersection of Bellview Avenue and Mobile Highway, Belize Drive, south of Lillian Highway, west of Dog Track Road, Bertha Street, south of Gulf Beach Highway, off of Semmes Street on Perdido Key, Grindstone Lane, north of Kingsfield Road, Tree Swallow Drive, southwest of the I-10 and I-110 interchange, Yarrow Circle, in the Ellyson Field area, Norton Drive, northwest of the intersection of Bayou Boulevard and 12th Ave, and Calle Hermosa on Pensacola Beach.

These tests have the potential to temporarily impact small segments of the service area, possibly resulting in isolated and/or short-term cases of lower-than-normal water pressure.  The potential also exists for the appearance of discolored water for brief periods in areas where the testing will be conducted.  ECUA crews will be on stand-by in the test areas to conduct system flushing to minimize any of these potential disruptions to ECUA customers.

Please be assured that ECUA is committed to minimizing the potential for any inconvenience related to the fire hydrant testing.  If you experience any on-going problems related to the hydrant testing on October 4 and October 5, please contact ECUA Customer Service at 476-0480, or e-mail us at