FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE98-29
July 21, 1998
Contact: Cathy DelliCarpini (718/595-6600)
Extreme Weather Prompts DEP Hydrant Safety and Flooding Advisory
As severe weather advisories are put into effect, the City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) urges New Yorkers not to endanger themselves by opening fire hydrants.
Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E. said, "The City is expecting severe weather conditions this week, including extreme heat and thunderstorms. During such conditions it is imperative not to open fire hydrants. Open hydrants can lower local water pressure, hinder the efforts of fire fighters, and endanger the lives of children who may be propelled into traffic by the force of the water. In addition, opening fire hydrants just before rainstorms can contribute to street flooding and sewer backups. I encourage New Yorkers to cool off safely by using fire hydrant spray caps which can be obtained from their local fire department."
A spray cap will provide a safe stream of water for children and adults to cool off in by reducing water flow to 25 gallons a minute. By contrast, one fully open fire hydrant wastes a thousand gallons of water each minute and creates a dangerously powerful water stream.
To report illegally opened fire hydrants or to report water or sewer complaints, call the Department of Environmental Protection's 24-Hour Help Center at 718-DEP-HELP (337-4357).