RANCHO SANTA FE —The Santa Fe Irrigation District and the city of Solana Beach
Fire Department will collaborate efforts in the month of January for fire flow testing of fire hydrants throughout the Solana Beach area. Several fire hydrants in the Solana Beach community will be tested, which will result in inconsequential water loss and minor traffic delays.
The testing is required by the Insurance Services Office to evaluate the fire suppression delivery system. The result of this review is a classification ranking that ISO distributes to insurers, helping in establishing fair premiums for fire insurance.
The ISO rating goes from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best. The ISO rates fire districts approximately every eight to 15 years unless the water or fire district can show they have made major changes that will affect the rating. Generally, a lower ISO ranking would result in more favorable insurance premiums for a community.
Fifty percent of the rating is derived by the quality of the fire department, 40 percent is based on the water supply and 10 percent by the dispatch services. The ISO staff examines a fire department’s engine companies and the amount of water needed to fight a fire in a particular community for 50 percent weight for the ISO.
For the water supply component, ISO checks whether the community has a sufficient water supply for the fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption. The testing will involve increased flow of water from fire hydrants, which may cause discolored water at the tap during the process. If a customer has discolored water for more than an hour, the customer should call the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 756-2424.
Fire flow tests are conducted at various locations in the community based on the distribution of fire hydrants in the service area. At this time, the Santa Fe Irrigation District cannot identify the specific locations of the testing; however, the tests will only be conducted during the daytime. Customers with questions about the actual testing and inspection schedule for the fire hydrants should call the city of Solana Beach at (858) 720-2400 or the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 756-2424.