Fire Hydrants

A working fire hydrant is essential for fire protection and safety. Fire hydrants provide firefighters with a reliable and immediate source of water to extinguish flames and contain fires. They also support rescue efforts and protect not only people but also property and the environment. A malfunctioning fire hydrant can severely impact the fire department’s response time, resulting in increased damage, injury, or loss of life. Therefore, regular maintenance and inspection of fire hydrants are critical to ensure they are in good working condition when needed.

Fire hydrants are inspected and serviced bi-annually to ensure they are in good working order. The maintenance process involves:

  1. Clearing Debris: The area around the hydrant is to be cleared of debris, rocks, and other materials that could block access to the hydrant.
  2. Checking for Damage: The hydrant is to be checked for damage, including visible cracks, leaks, and rust. Any damage should be repaired promptly.
  3. Lubricating: The hydrant is to be lubricated to ensure all moving parts work correctly.
  4. Testing: A flow test is to be done to check the hydrant’s water pressure and flow rate. This test ensures that the hydrant is delivering the required amount of water in an emergency.
  5. Painting: The hydrants will be painted every two to three years to prevent rust and to ensure that it is visible and easy to locate.

What Residents Can Expect

  • You may notice water running down your street into catch basins. All fire hydrant water flows overland to these catch basins and into the stormwater settling ponds.
  • This process may temporarily result in cloudy water and/or changes in water pressure. Your water will not be turned off and remains safe to use.
  • As the water is emptied out of the distribution system before it passes your meter, your bill will not be affected. You are only charged for water that passes the water meter on your private property.

Fire Hydrants

  • Not only are used in fire protection
  • Used in cleaning dead-end lines
  • Or turbidity issues in distribution system
  • Hydrants need at least a 6-inch feeder line or bigger to provide fire protection
  • Lines are looped so more than one hydrant may be open at one time