I just had 16 hydrant tests throughout a City of about 30,000 to calibrate the water model.
When I compared the fire flows with the model, actual fire flows were lower by 700 gpm on average, 600 gpm on median. At one location, it was 2,500 gpm lower than the model result.
The hydrant testing company did not do a good job at the first round so we are requesting to re-do the tests (They measured the pressures at the flowing hydrants instead of residual hydrants).
Before the second hydrant testing, I would like to make sure to eliminate anything that can prevent a good model calibration.
What could be the reasons behind the lower fire flows in the field? There is no pressure zone in this City.
Recently, we discovered that the City has several critical locations with significantly lower fire flow than required.
Based on our model analysis, we are making some recommendations for the pipe network upgrades.
Because of that, I chose most locations that are suffering from low C values and low fire flow. All 16 hydrants branch out from 6" watermain.
Should I pick a couple with larger watermain?
Thank you in advance for your input!
Remember in your case the residual HGLs at the flowed hydrants are wrong. The real HGL in the main will be somewhat lower (maybe 8-9 psi) because of head loss in the hydrant lateral.
It is also useful to conduct a heal loss (C-factor) test for old pipes so you have an idea of the lower limit of C-factors you're likely see.
Thank you so much for your reply.
What could be the reasons for the lower fire flows?