CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — 16 new fire hydrants are coming to the city of Clinton. Officials tested nearly 300 hydrants and found which ones did not work or had a low flow rate.
Numerous factors were cited for the needed replacement, including tree root damage, age, location and regular wear and tear.
It’s an issue that Mayor Jack Gilfoy said the city has been aware of, but low funding has made it difficult for the project to move forward.
The nearly $140,000 investment will be paid for using water funds and 80% of the city’s American Rescue Plan fund.
Clinton received over $500,000 in federal funding last year and is expected to get that same amount this year.
“We couldn’t have done it without the funds from the program. As I said, we did have money in water, we just didn’t have enough, this helped us boost it so we can that project complete,” Gilfoy stated.
The new fire hydrants will be placed under certain qualifications including in lower flow areas and the size of buildings in neighborhoods.
All current units meet the required standard of being within 1000ft of a structure. However, Clinton Fire Dept. Chief, Chris Strohm, said these upgrades will make some hydrates event closer to homes by adding more security.
“It’s something we deal with on a constant basis. We’ve been really fortunate that a lot of the areas that are kind of blighted with fire protection haven’t been affected by a fire in that area. But, it’s one of the things we always want to prepare for,” He added.
The new hydrants will make every unit in Clinton operable.
“The fire department will now be able to hook up to any hydrant and not wonder if they have enough pressure. It is definitely a benefit to the citizens as far as their safety goes,” Gilfoy said.
A bidding process is underway and a winner is expected to be announced next week. Officials hope to begin construction by mid-April with a completion date by summer.