There are hundreds of hydrants located in the Town of Framingham as required to provide adequate fire protection.
A water hydrant is an outlet from a water main often consisting of an upright pipe with a valve attached from which water can be tapped. It is a source of water provided in most towns with municipal water service to enable firefighters to tap into the municipal water supply to assist in extinguishing a fire.
Each year the town works to reduce the number of inoperable hydrants through:
The department is also standardizing its hydrants in the system for efficiencies in parts and overall repair logistics.
During the warmer months of the year the town begins its hydrant painting program to update the aesthetics of the water hydrants in town.
In the beginning of the winter months the town places hydrant flags on hydrants that are damaged prone due to snow plows being unable to see them as the snow covers over them.
They are essentially metal markers that stick up about 3 feet higher than the top of the hydrant. The purpose of the markers is to eliminate unnecessary hydrant repairs during the already emergency-filled time of year.