Valley Falls city fire hydrants in working order
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
There are 42 fire hydrants in the city of Valley Falls and they all work.
That’s the word from utilities superintendent Daryl Courter who routinely checks them twice a year, but two weeks ago spent one day opening all of them.
“We routinely check them a couple times a year, but usually only eight or 10 at a time,” Courter said.
Courter checked them all after Mayor Charles Stutesman made a point of talking about it at the last city council meeting.
The mayor was indicating that the word was out that some did not work and he wanted to “take care of that issue.”
The only problem appears to be three hydrants in the Fisher Addition that are difficult to turn on.
“It takes two people to turn them on,” Courter said. “The fire department is aware of that and they know which ones they are.”
These are among the newest fire hydrants put in when the housing district was established in the late 1960s.
Courter said he lubricates the hydrants with a special vegetable oil to keep them in working order. This oil is not a contaminate.
He said a few people call city hall about “rusty colored” water sometimes after the hydrants are flushed. The hydrants are usually located on stubbed-off lines where the water does not circulate and becomes off-colored until the line is flushed. His advice is to open the faucet and run the water until it clears.
Courter said the hydrants are also used by the city on occasion to flush culverts and sewer lines.
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