More utility news tonight: Seattle Public Utilities plans to start work tomorrow to ensure that the city’s remaining low-flow fire hydrants are clearly identifiable. It’s an issue that came glaringly to light during the August 2011 fire that destroyed a home in Arbor Heights while firefighters struggled to get an appropriate water flow. That area has seen hydrant and water-line upgrades since then, and the city reported later that year that it was working on how to clearly mark the low-flow hydrants that remain in service within city limits, about half of them in West Seattle. Here’s the SPU announcement:
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews will install a red reflective ring on low-flow fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Low-flow hydrants are defined as those that deliver less than 500 gallons of water per minute.
The red ring provides a distinct and very visible way for Seattle Fire Department personnel to quickly and easily identify low-flow hydrants in cases of emergency.
Low-flow hydrants are fully operational, but output less water per minute than other hydrants.
The clearly marked hydrants aid firefighters by helping ensure that the best fire-suppression tactics are chosen when operating a low-flow hydrant.
More than 18,000 fire hydrants are located throughout the City of Seattle, of which about 70 are classified as low-flow hydrants and will be tagged with the red ring.
Dates/Times: Crews will begin installing the rings the week of May 20 and expect to have all low-flow hydrants throughout the city marked by the end of May 2013.
If you have questions about this work, please contact SPU Hydrant Crew Chief Charles Jackson at (206) 396-1826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPU’s Ingrid Goodwin says about half those 70 low-flow hydrants are in West Seattle. We’re hoping to hear tomorrow about a map or list of their locations – but please let us know if and when you see any of these rings being installed in your area!