What causes a yellow fire hydrant to appear yellow?

Yellow indicates that the water comes from a public supply system. Violet means the water comes from a lake or pond. While most areas follow this color scheme, some choose to make up their own system. Either way, fire hydrants may stick out like a sore thumb but those bright colors are chosen with your safety in mind.

What color do you paint fire hydrants?

As shown in the table to the right, hydrant bodies can be painted different colors to signify the system supplying the water: chrome yellow for a municipal system, red for a private system, and violet for a non-potable/reclaimed water system.

Can you drink the water from a fire hydrant?

Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Your water is safe to drink.

What does a yellow fire truck mean?

(1990). Lime-yellow color as related to reduction of serious fire apparatus accidents: The case for visibility in emergency vehicle accident avoidance.

Can you park next to a yellow fire hydrant?

Answer: Parking near a fire hydrant is prohibited by the California Vehicle Code regardless of whether the curb is painted red or not. There are several thousand hydrants in County area and it is our longstanding practice to not paint the curb. To do so, would not provide any additional enforcement capability.

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