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June 26, 1998

Contact: Cathy DelliCarpini (718/595-6600)

DEP Hydrant Safety and Flooding Advisory

As extreme heat is expected for the weekend, possibly followed by heavy rain - it is imperative not to open fire hydrants. One illegally opened hydrant wastes thousands of gallons of water each minute, lowers water pressure, hinders the efforts of fire fighters, and endangers the lives of small children who can be thrust into oncoming traffic by the force of the water. Furthermore, opening fire hydrants immediately prior to a period of heavy rain further stresses the City's sewer system and can worsen potential flooding or sewer backups.

To cool off safely, contact your local fire house and request a spray cap which will reduce the water flow to a safe 25 gallons a minute. To report illegally opened hydrants or other water or sewer complaints, please call our 24-Hour Help Center: (718) DEP-HELP (337-4357).


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NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600