A number of fireplace hydrants in Holyoke have low strain, water director says


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Among the pipes on Fairfield Avenue in Holyoke are from 1883, and the slim pipes solely have a lot capability.  

Plans have been within the works to enhance the methods, nevertheless it seems, there are elements of the town the place the state of affairs is even worse.  

Head of Holyoke’s water system, David Conti, mentioned areas all through Holyoke have small, low capability pipes that may’t present the strain wanted to help a hydrant.  The town has been upgrading the pipes for many years, nevertheless it’s a protracted, multi-million greenback course of.  

Within the ’90s, the answer urged by a deputy fireplace chief was to determine the excessive capability hydrants and mark them. 

“In order that, within the occasion that there’s a fireplace in an space that has restricted capability, the fireplace division can go to those hydrants, and so they can use these hydrants to complement that space,” mentioned Conti. 

These excessive capability hydrants have a pumper cap painted white. It was one of these hydrant that was finally used on Fairfield Avenue after a home burned down as a result of the close by hydrant had low water strain. 

The incident caused questions on hydrant flushing, and regardless of state legislation, the town had fallen behind.  

“We have now to flush yearly sure,” mentioned Conti. “The final time we did that was 2017. The fee was one factor and we additionally misplaced the person who oversaw this system.” 

Conti mentioned an absence of flushing had nothing to do with the hydrant not engaged on Fairfield Ave., and he mentioned they’ll now be doing hydrant flushing all through the town.  

So, what’s subsequent? The town is crammed with outdated pipes, and the newest multi-million greenback upgrades will happen in three phases in excessive precedence areas. The primary within the decrease wards, which is able to start within the spring of subsequent 12 months.  In elements of the decrease wards, the state of affairs is even worse than Fairfield Ave. 

Conti informed 22Information, “South East Road is so dangerous we really eliminated the fireplace hydrants on it, so the fireplace division couldn’t use them.” 

Leaving them to depend on hydrants on neighboring streets.