Private Hydrants

The Irving Fire Department must be provided documentation on all private fire hydrants showing they have been inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with the following guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

507.5.3 Private fire service mains and water tanks. Private fire service mains and water tanks shall be periodically inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with NFPA 25. It shall be the duty of the property owner to insure that all required maintenance is performed and provide record of such maintenance to the fire department. The testing shall be conducted by a third party, state-certified contractor. Records of inspections, testing and maintenance shall be maintained by the property owner for a period of 7 years. Inspections, testing and maintenance of private fire service mains and water tanks shall occur at the following intervals:

  1.  Private fire hydrants of all types shall be inspected and maintained annually and after each operation; flow tests shall also be conducted annually.
  2.  Exposed service main piping shall be inspected annually. Additionally, a flow test shall be conducted every 5 years.
  3.  Fire service main piping strainers shall be inspected and maintained after each use.

Documentation may be sent via email Compliance or may be faxed to the Fire Prevention Division at (972) 721-4864. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us at (972) 721-2651.