Watertown Takes Steps To Make Sure Hydrants Can Be Found

Watertown Takes Steps To Make Sure Hydrants Can Be Found

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What if the Watertown fire department responded to a fire and couldn't find the hydrant?

The city is taking steps to make sure that doesn't happen. 

Marker rods have been placed on more than 100 hydrants across the city on main Watertown roads like Arsenal, South Massey and Coffeen streets. 

Watertown Fire Chief Dale Herman says it will help fire crews spot the hydrants quicker, especially in the event of a major snowstorm. The markers are also color coded by how much the hydrant can pump.

"It has reflective markings on it, so it makes it easier for members to locate these in the dark. And also because it's fixed directly on the hydrant, we don't have to go searching in the snowbank; we just have to find the rod and dig down," he said.

The city's water department will work to mark the rest of the fire hydrants, more than 1,000, over the next year.

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