Seattle Public Utilities says it’s almost finished with the hydrant upgrades promised after water-flow problems hampered firefighters’ work to extinguish the flames that destroyed an Arbor Heights home on August 27 (WSB photo at right). We spoke with SPU today, after Arbor Heights resident Kevin McClintic clued us to work that’s been under way in the area this week (and shared the photo atop this story).
According to SPU’s Ingrid Goodwin, “Ten of the 12 hydrants that were identified for upgrades have been replaced with larger, standard-sized hydrants. The remaining two hydrants, located at 107th SW and 35th Ave SW, and 100th Street and 35th Ave, are scheduled to be replaced by the week of November 14.”
During work yesterday, several Arbor Heights residents noted on the WSB Facebook page that they lost water service but hadn’t received advance notification. Goodwin says SPU had warned “about 15 to 20 homes along 100th between 39th SW and 44th SW” that they would lose water yesterday, but the shutdown affected more homes than those. She said, “This was not supposed to happen, and we apologize for the disruption in water service to those customers. SPU is investigating why those homes, outside of the shut-down area, were affected.”
The new hydrants are painted yellow “for greater visibility,” Goodwin says, adding that while they originally planned to upgrade 11, a twelfth was identified and added to the list.
Ahead – see the list of the replacement hydrants’ locations:
The list provided by Goodwin:
* 6 hydrants on SW 100th St between 35th Ave SW and 42nd Ave SW
* 2 hydrants on 40th Ave SW from immediately north of SW 102nd St to immediately south of SW 104th St
* 1 hydrant on California Ave SW & SW 106th St,
* 1 hydrant on 40th Ave SW south of SW 104th St
* 1 hydrant on 39th Ave SW between SW 106th and SW 107th Streets
* 1 hydrant at 107th Street and 35th Avenue SW
She reiterates what we had been told previously – they are not replacing the two hydrants that had trouble during the August 27 firefighting operation, because they are atop smaller water mains and larger hydrants wouldn’t be able to draw any more water. They are, however, as promised, “working with Seattle Fire to provide a way for firefighters to clearly identify low-flow hydrants when they respond to the area.”