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by tim huff, Country Fair,
on Jun 30, 2011
Yup...they are being stolen for their recycling value.
No. The city is taking them off.
Fire Department says they are being stolen...city doesn't remove them.
Stolen for cash. What is bad is recyclers should be on the look out for that and refuse to buy them. The threads on the hydrants are now exposed to damage. Should be recapped and we used to do that with plastic caps that eventually became brittle and broke. Maybe a clip-on system would be better as they use in the British Fire Service but that would be very expensive. The connection to a British Fire Hydrant is underground and they use a play pipe to connect to the hydrant fitting and then hook their hose to the play pipe. Too bad the police have not been able to catch the cowards. By the way the water department assumed care and maintainance of the hydrants towards the end of my career in LPFD, a mistake I thought. Don't know what happens now.
The Police Department said the City was removing them. What's the real story now?
Addendum: "and being replaced with new caps."
Hard to believe they wold just take them off, leave the threads and innards exposed and then make a second trip around replacing them. But if you say so......
"Hard to believe they wold just take them off, leave the threads and innards exposed and then make a second trip around replacing them."
If they caps are at risk of being stolen, then it would make sense for the city to remove them as quickly as possible. If they get replacement caps on in a timely manner, then I doubt that there is much risk to the threads and innards for the limited time they are exposed.
That's the story I was told when I inquired, but it seems like its been a rather long time for replacements now.
Like Stacey I called 911 several times about this extremely pressing issue. At each and every turn I was stonewalled by the union greedy dispacher.
My fire hydrant closest to my home was removed literally months ago. Two giant holes were dug. Now they are covered with metal plates. Who do you talk to regarding the plans for doing SOMETHING before the rains come?