What We Do
There are more than 9,000 public hydrants in the District. DC Water has provided $26.5 million for the replacement/upgrade of up to 3,000 of the critical public fire hydrants on behalf of the District of Columbia government over a five-year period that began in fiscal year 2006. Through fiscal year 2008, DC Water completed over 2,500 public hydrant replacements and upgrades. An additional $30 million has been earmarked by DC Water for the replacement/upgrade of 4,000 hydrants. Individual property owners are responsible for private hydrants on their property.Report Misuse of Public Fire Hydrants
Misuse of a public hydrant should be reported to the 24-hour Emergency number 202-612-3400. Misuse includes those tampering with hydrants and illegally hooking up to hydrants.Permitted Use of a Fire Hydrant
If a company needs a water source for construction, demolition, dust control or similar purposes, DC Water recommends using a Temporary Water Connection, a water truck, or an on-site water storage tank. If the project manager wishes to use a fire hydrant as a temporary water source, s/he must first obtain a Fire Hydrant Use Permit from DC Water. This allows the applicant to operate a specific fire hydrant on a temporary basis. The water use may be metered and a water fee assessed. More information on obtaining a permit for fire hydrant use can be found here.Independent Report and Ranking
What can you find in this section?
Top 10 Reasons Not to Break Open a Hydrant
Why you shouldn’t open a hydrant to beat the heat – 10 compelling reasons.
General Hydrant Information
How do hydrants work? Why do hydrants need maintenance?
Hydrant Inspection & Maintenance
DC Water has several initiatives in place to work with FEMS for fire protection throughout the District.
Status Rings & Flow Rating Bands
New ring designs for better communication and visual cues, and reflective bands for communicating with firefighters.
Hydrant Location & Status Information
Members of the public may access public hydrant status through the Google Earth application.