SPOKANE, Wash.--Several fire hydrants across Spokane do not work, but you might not know where they are until now.
There are 7,300 hydrants total in the Spokane, but since August at least 14 hydrants have been classified as out of service according to employees of the City Public Works Department. They stressed that no more than six or seven hydrants need work at one time.
The Utilities Communications Manager said four hydrants are currently not working in Spokane, but the list changes weekly. The busted fire hydrants are located near Main and Bernard, Martin and 16th, Liberty and Oak, and Ermina And Greene Street.
A fire hydrant near the Green Street Bridge has not worked for more than four years because of an extensive water main replacement underway according to City workers.
“If we can't find it right away, we'll just move on to the next one, said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. “And that might take a little bit more time.”
Each hydrant is inspected every two years according to City employees. Hydrants are often repaired in a matter of weeks. Yet, officials said that between inspections parts can still wear down and it is not realized until firefighters are trying to hook up in an emergency.
“We carry enough water to run for several minutes,” said Schaeffer. “And after that, the next company that comes also has tank water.”
The Public Works Department officials stated that during the warmer months construction often takes hydrants offline. That is the case for at least six of them in the last two months according to officials. KREM 2 News learned that firefighters are notified immediately.
“We would report that to our radio room, which would log it into our radio dispatch, and then report it to fire department dispatch,” said Roger Burchell, Water Department Maintenance Supervisor.
KREM 2 News was told that hydrants take a big beating in the fall and winter when drivers not ready for ice and slick roads. Hydrants knocked out of service by drivers can not be repaired until spring according to workers.