Why are fire hydrants purple?

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.

Is fire hydrant water drinkable?

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.

How tall is a fire hydrant?

Height: Center of lowest outlet should be 18 inches above grade. Location: Within 5 feet of an access lane or street; preferably with no intervening parking. Protection: Provide bollards if there is no curb between the road surface and the hydrant; locate at least 3 feet from the hydrant.

How much PSI is in a fire hydrant?

Fire hydrants are flow-tested at a residual pressure of 20 psi; therefore, firefighters should understand the typical flow rates of fire hydrants at that pressure.

What is the color code for fire hydrants?

The color code for 1,500 GPM and above is light blue; 1,000 to 1,499 GPM – green; 500 to 999 GPM – orange; less than 500 GPM – red.

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