DC Fire Hydrant “Out of Service” Collars

Wandering through Washington DC have you noticed anything new about our fire hydrants? Like maybe a few sporting “Out of Service” collars?

It seems that the Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) is finally conducting its fire hydrant “blitz” inspections and finding quite a few dead hydrants.

Now the question is not are there 10% or 25% broken hydrants in the city. The question is: When will the hydrants be fixed?

Because it doesn’t matter if there are 1% or 100% broken hydrants. What matters is if you got water or not.

And right now, as I stare across my street at the hydrant that would serve my house, I wonder if it works, and if it doesn’t, when it would.

Don’t you?

1 Comment so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    What perfect timing, because I have a question. Last night while doing the parking space crawl, I came across a spot that was great except that it would have required I block a fire hydrant. However, the hydrant had one of these tags on it. I didn’t want to take a chance on it, but would one get a ticket for parking in front of a visibly disabled fire hydrant?

    And yes, I have been seeing more and more of these. Disgraceful.

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