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Fire Hydrant testing

The Portsmouth Fire Department will conduct fire hydrant testing in various areas of the city including Sciotoville beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2019, through Friday, May 3, 2019, from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


During hydrant testing, residents may notice discolored water or air in the lines. This should dissipate a couple of hours after hydrant testing. If discoloration is noticed, it is recommended to refrain from laundry (especially white clothes) until the water clears.


The hydrants are tested each year to ensure they are working properly and also to meet the requirements set forth by ISO. The city’s ISO rating directly affects homeowners and businesses insurance rates.

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