fire hydrants without sprinkler caps is wasteful and dangerous.
Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure, which can cause
problems at hospitals and other medical facilities and hinder
fire-fighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps.
Children can also be at serious risk, because the powerful force of
an open hydrant without a sprinkler cap can push them into oncoming
traffic. Call 311 to report an open hydrant.
Hydrants can be opened legally if equipped
with a City-approved sprinkler cap. One illegally opened hydrant
wastes up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute, while a hydrant with
a sprinkler cap only puts out around 25 gallons per minute. Visit
your local firehouse to have a sprinkler cap installed.
Open Hydrants are Dangerous Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure, hindering fire-fighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps.
Sprinkler Caps Save Water Visit your local firehouse and they will install a sprinkler cap
and open the hydrant for use.
Report Open Hydrants - Call 311 To report an improperly opened fire hydrant call 311.
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