There are approximately 2,100 water hydrants owned by the city as required to provide adequate fire protection. A 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 municipalities with municipal water service to enable firefighters to tap into the municipal water supply to assist in extinguishing a fire.
Each year the City works to reduce the number of inoperable hydrants through:
The Division is also standardizing its hydrants in the system for efficiency in parts and overall repair logistics.
During the warmer months of the year, the City begins its hydrant painting program to update the aesthetics of existing hydrants in the city.
At the beginning of the winter months, the City 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.