District News Articles

  1. 11/25/2005 Routine Fire Hydrant Maintenance
  2. One of the routine operations performed by Platte Canyon maintenance crews is the annual inspection and maintenance of District owned fire hydrants. This routine maintenance includes: lubrication of the operating stem and nozzle caps, water pressure recording, water quality testing and operation of the fire hydrant to ensure adequate flow and pressure. Fire hydrants are also painted on a bi-annual basis.

    In addition to these routine procedures, District crews observe the general condition of the fire hydrant which includes the availability of proper access to the hydrant for maintenance and emergency purposes. Platte Canyon and the Littleton Fire Department must have unimpeded access to connect hoses and equipment in routine maintenance and emergency situations. Platte Canyon and Littleton Fire Department regulations require that all fire hydrants be clear of bushes, fences, posts, decorative landscaping, and other obstructions a minimum of 3 feet of the rear and on each side of the hydrant and full clearance in front.

    The District and the fire department requests your assistance maintaining this clearance, should you have a fire hydrant located on or adjacent to your property.

    The pictures below show both an "acceptable clearance" and an "unacceptable clearance". It is very important to heed the above restrictions should the fire hydrant be needed for emergency situations.

    If you should have any questions concerning these restrictions, please call Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor at 303-979-2333.