Spokane Water Department adds security measures to city fire hydrants

Moscow flushing fire hydrants starting Monday
Moscow flushing fire hydrants starting Monday

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Water Department is adding security measures to its fire hydrants to ensure the protection of the city’s water supply.

The Water Department will begin installing locks in the West Plains area during June, east of the Spokane International Airport and south of Sunset Boulevard. The city is working with the Spokane Fire Department, surrounding fire districts, Spokane International Airport, and public works users to ensure the hydrants are readily available for emergencies.

“Our citizens rely on our water system to provide them with clean, safe drinking water on demand every day,” says Loren Searl, Water Department Director. “It is an important responsibility to ensure that no contaminants enter the water system through the use of hydrants and other accessible points to the water system.”

The City plans to lock all 7,500 fire hydrants as additional bulk water filling stations are built. Contractors and private residents can access water using the Garden Springs filling station located at 4821 W. Garden Springs Road. Customers can contact My Spokane 3-1-1 to register for an account and receive access codes.

A hydrant permit and backflow prevention cage will continue to be required to access fire hydrants in the water system. Fines will be given out to those who violate the Hydrant Permit Policy and payment is required to compensate for any damage done to City equipment or infrastructure. The public should call the Water Department immediately at 509-625.-7800 if they witness anyone tampering with a lock or using a hydrant without a backflow prevention cage attached. Learn more about backflow prevention here.

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