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  1. 5/18/2012 UNAUTHORIZED USE OF FIRE HYDRANTS
  2. To guard against water theft, potential water contamination and property damage, the Platte Canyon Board of Directors have imposed fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 for unauthorized use of District owned fire hydrants. Except for emergency use, all water withdrawn from fire hydrants requires a District permit. The permit specifies which hydrants may be used, when they may be operated, how water use is to be metered, and, most importantly, the type of backflow prevention device that must be used. Backflow prevention devices are critical components required for the prevention of contamination of the District’s water supply.

    All permitted users of District fire hydrants are required to display a Hydrant Use Permit Tag when withdrawing water from District facilities. District customers can be very helpful in monitoring the safety and reliability of the District’s water supply by detecting and reporting unauthorized fire hydrant use. If you see someone using a fire hydrant without displaying a permit tag as shown in the photograph below, please immediately contact the District office at (303) 979-2333.