Fire Hydrants

Hydrants with new status rings
Rings give visual notice
of hydrant status

There are more than over 9,400 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 2014, DC Water completed over 5,000 public hydrant replacements and upgrades. An additional $28 million has been earmarked by DC Water for the replacement/upgrade of remaining 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.

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