Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:11 a.m.
The City of Spokane is planning to update its Hydrant Permit Program to enhance hydrant security, ensure use of necessary equipment to protect the City’s water supply, and appropriately account for water used. The City Council is expected to consider changes to the program in January.
“The Water Department’s mission is to provide safe, clean, and reliable drinking water to our customers,” says Dan Kegley, who is the City’s Water and Wastewater Collections Director. “Protecting public health is always our priority, and this updated program will help make sure our system stays secure.”
The City has 7,500 fire hydrants in its water system, and last year, it issued more than 200 permits for use of hydrants to fill water trucks and similar equipment. More than half of the permits were issued to provide dust abatement at construction projects.
Here is an overview of the proposed updated program components. The updated program is proposed to require:
The City is working to get information out to affected citizens. Letters are being sent this week to businesses and individuals who applied for a hydrant permit in the last couple of years.
Additional hydrant security measures beyond this program also are being reviewed, including locking of hydrants and creation of bulk water fill stations. These projects are being evaluated for possible implementation, beginning later in 2020.