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What a waste of F'ing water....

I know it is important to keep certain systems running reliably... But this seems ridiculous. I came home and heard a lot of water rushing into the drain. Not far down the street, I see a yellow box dumping hundreds of gallons of water. So I ran inside, grabbed a flashlight... ran outside... flashlight is missing a battery... ran inside, got battery then ran outside. I got next to the box and called the phone number on the side. Water management picked up. I explained that it was a yellow box next to a fire hydrant on a concrete pad. The tech immediatly knew that it was just "flushing the system" and said it would be on for awhile. He thanked me for calling and I hung up. 6 months ago, that box wasn't there. I've lived in this city for over 15 years and never saw this. To me, it seems like a lazy and poor solution to some problem I can't seem to find searching google. My guess would be sediment from lack of use (but iono). Anyway... I thought I'd share my frustration.... Oh, it was on for 2 hours! after I got home..... just wow.

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delladoug8 years ago
I do fire hydrant maintenance for both public hydrants and private fire lines and can think of no reason why they should have to flow the hydrant for more than a few minutes. Sounds like there is a problem.
jtobako10 years ago
they are clearing sediment (read rust, sand and extra chemicals) out of the water pipes so that it's safe(r) to drink. that's probably why it can't go down the storm drain-to dangerous for the local water. that and storm drains are a different government department than water supply... i don't make this up, i just report it.
trebuchet03 (author)  jtobako10 years ago
It is going down the storm drain...

That yellow box is dumping water all over that lawn... which drains to the street... and down a storm drain... which leads to a canal (behind my house).


I thought that fire hydrant water was on a different system than drinking water...


As a little update.... the lawn in that area of this guy's house... is turning a pale green. I think with all the rain we've had recently, its in shock and may possibly die :/
Rager trebuchet0310 years ago
Call or write someone in the water dept. that knows what the system is all about. The only "fire hydrant" water that might be different than drinking water is the oldtime water towers in older parts of a city or industrial areas. Those may be used strictly for fires.
crapflinger10 years ago
they probably aren't flushing it down the storm drain because that hydrant looks like it's in the middle of somebody's lawn (as trebuchet said it is) and since that yellow box is next to the firehydrant (which the city owns)...the city owns the box...and probably at least a 6 foot square of that dude's lawn...so they can do what they please with it...sucks donit? most places...they blead the fire hydrants manually...this must be some new automatic contraption that they've come up with in your town to keep the city employees from actually having to work (gasp! work!!) most places some dude with a giant wrench drives out to the hydrants on a predefined schedule and bleads the lines.. i THINK (don't quote me) that they do it to A) verify preasure at the hydrants B) clean out the funk that would surely build up in the things...and C) for any other reason they could think of
trebuchet03 (author)  crapflinger10 years ago
Yes... I forget the term... but the city has 15ft of shared ownership. But if you don't mow it, you'll still get a ticket 0.o


So I did a little research :)

1. My hydrants (and is the case in many cities) are operated by the water companies -- the same one that serves your utility.
2. My city's water co. flushes the system twice a year on a rolling schedule (so not every hydrant is flushing at the same time)
3. Hydrants are inspected twice a year - but I can't find details on what that is since these boxes appeared...

Normal hydrant inspection includes:
Inspecting/Replacing O-ring
Testing flow and valve operation
Verifying pressure
Inspecting road signs (blue reflector in my case)
Trimming any weeds and clearing at least a 36 inch radius
Inspecting drainage and shear flange/bolts (hydrants are designed to break away in case of an impact - this prevents damage to the water system)


I guess it would be logical to think that these yellow boxes contain some sort of maintenance apparatus (pressure/flow equipment). I still think a better (that is: less wasteful) solution can be made....
intoon10 years ago
Well at least the grass will be watered. ;-)
zachninme intoon10 years ago
Too much will probably kill it :-( Agreed, this is stupid, and cant they flush it down the storm drains?