A fire hydrant or firecock (archaic) is a connection point by which firefighters can tap into a water supply. It is a component of active fire protection.
How are fire hydrants located?
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.
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 much does a fire hydrant cost?
Cost of Fire Hydrants:
Generally, the base cost of a fire hydrant including materials, installation and fees is about $6,000. Of course every situation is different and costs of a fire hydrant will vary depending upon line size, location, complexity of installation and other factors.
Why are fire hydrants GREY?
In some places, the tops of fire hydrants are painted different colours to let firefighters know how many gallons per minute, or GPM, a hydrant is able to deliver. The higher the GPM, the better the hydrant will be at fighting bigger fires. Blue usually marks the highest GPM, and red the lowest!
Who owns fire hydrants?
Although water utilities are often responsible for the condition of fire hydrants in a distribution system, water utilities and fire departments share the responsibility of ensuring hydrants operate properly during emergencies.
Is standards for fire hydrant system?
Fire hydrants, namely, stand post type, conforming to IS 908: 1975 and underground type conforming to IS 909: 1975 should be provided. For use in industrial establishment, only stand post type hydrants should be provided.
How heavy is a fire hydrant?
It is heavy, but varies in size. According to the company, it could be anywhere from 700 to 800 lbs.