The temporary fix for formerly out-of-service North Hall fire hydrants is satisfactory to the Insurance Services Office, authorities said last week.
“As long as the water flow or the water supply is maintained, it will have no effect on the ISO rating whatsoever,” Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said.
Last week, Gainesville’s Department of Water Resources installed a temporary booster pump station on Highland Road to return service to hydrants that have been out of service since January.
Brackett said a phone conversation was held Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend to make sure no insurance rates would be affected.
“We were trying to do our due diligence and make sure that would satisfy the requirements and that there wouldn’t be any negative impact on the citizens of the county,” Brackett said.
Hall County Commissioner Scott Gibbs, whose district was affected by the hydrant problem, said the concern with ISO could lead to premium increases if the risk rating was increased.
Gibbs said about 250 homes could have been affected if the Class 3 rating changed.
“That would have been a lot of money for a lot of people,” Gibbs said.
Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey did not have an update Friday on the permanent solution’s timetable.
“It’ll be a booster station that we’re going to install, but it’ll be served by electricity rather than the gas-powered generator that’s in place now,” he said.
With the booster pump station in place, Lackey said there has been some progress in the “water pressures that haven’t been in place in that area for many months.”