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July 2, 1999

Contact: Cathy DelliCarpini (718/595-6600)

DEP Hydrant Safety Advisory

As high temperatures are expected to continue through the holiday weekend, and little rainfall is expected, it is imperative not to illegally open fire hydrants. One illegally opened hydrant wastes thousands of gallons of water each minute, lowers water pressure, hinders firefighting efforts, and endangers the lives of children who can be thrust into oncoming traffic by the force of the water. To cool off safely, contact your local fire house and request a hydrant spray cap which will reduce the water flow to a safe 25 gallons a minute.

While it is always wise to conserve water, it is particularly important to do so when temperatures soar, and water use is unusually high, which can cause fluctuations in water pressure around the City. Although reservoir levels are still close to normal levels, the lack of normal rainfall this month underscores the importance of using water wisely. For more information on water conservation, see the How Can I Save Water? section of DEP's Web site at

To report illegally opened hydrants or other water or sewer complaints, please call the Department of Environmental Protection's 24-Hour Help Center: (718) DEP-HELP (337-4357).


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NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600