Thread: Rural Water Supplies
08-05-2000, 01:38 AM #1ThomasFirehouse.com Guest
Rural Water Supplies
Does anyone have any ideas on how a person could get a rural community to force new subdivisions to install a full fledged hydrant system?
08-05-2000, 04:07 AM #2nsfirechapFirehouse.com Guest
Can the local municipality pass an ordinance requiring this-I have seen this done in some areas.
08-05-2000, 11:50 PM #3Big TFirehouse.com Guest
You would have to go to the town council that the subdivision are being anexxed into.. They would have to pass a resolution to add it to the new building codes. Then it is required for them to do it.. Any thing in the past would be after the fact... I agree it would be a good thing..
Most developers don't want the added expense.. Plus a big old fire hydrant in front of a 175,000 dollar house is not a good selling point...
Allot of the subdivision around here have a big pond in the middle of them.. We put in a dry hydrant so we can use them in case of a fire..
I'm talking small community here (1500 people) If you have a bigger population then its the city council you have to go to.. We are still a town..
08-06-2000, 01:41 AM #4ThomasFirehouse.com Guest
I don't think the municipality here has that authority-however I am compelled to check it out.
Yes I agree that a fire hydrant is not a great selling point, but I don't know that it is a deterrent either. With all the focus and hooplah about ISO, I was thinking that a hydrant system would be the way to go. Especially in a rural community. We do have several dry hydrants in our area, but not nearly enough.
The reason I was asking is I know of some rural communities that have very strict building codes that are enforced. One example is a new mobile home can't be purchased without a sprinkler system installed. This also goes for any new site built homes. This helps the department and the community out significsntly with there ISO grade.
08-06-2000, 06:50 AM #5S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
Hood County is putting a subdivision ordinance in effect that essentially requires a subdivision to put in hydrants if they put in a water system.
Some things depend on the population of your county or adjacent county(s).
What county are you in?
[This message has been edited by S. Cook (edited August 06, 2000).]
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