Ashtabula River

Dry fire Hydrants

The Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Ashtabula Co. Chief's and Firefighter's Associations  promote the establishment of Dry Fire Hydrants within the county.  Our staff is available to provide a site visit to determine the technical feasibility of your site if you are considering installation of a dry hydrant.  It is highly recommended to coordinate the site visit with a representative of your local fire department for their ability to access the site.  Our office has dry hydrant kits available.

Dry Hydrant Advantages

dry hydrant
Knowing about a quantity of available water in area
streams, ponds and
cisterns gives an advantage to a fire 
department only if the water is
readily accessible. Soft or obstructed 
ground certainly limits access. Or,
the needed water may be located so far
away from where it is needed that
a fire department's ability to do its job 
of fire control is impaired.

Mobile water supply vehicles can move water from distant sources, but the critical factor is whether or not the fire department can maintain an uninterrupted supply of a predictable rate of water at the fire scene.

Installation of dry hydrants into numerous nearby and developed water supplies eliminates the inefficiency and complexity of long-distance water shuttle operations. This arrangement also allows access to water sources from a roadway instead of having to work on soft ground immediately adjacent to the pond or stream.

Dry Fire Hydrant Construction Tips

Schedule 40 PVC plastic pipe is frequently used because of its low cost, accessibility and low friction loss. Construction details at specific sites may vary in many ways according to local preferences and conditions.

In any area without water mains and domestic fire hydrants, the dry
hydrant concept can provide a simple, cost-effective solution to the need for access to water sources without delay. A dry hydrant consists of an arrangement of piping with one end in the water and the other end extending to dry land and available for connection to a pumper. Dry hydrants have the following features:

 Non-pressurized pipe system

Dry Hydrant Truck Connection
Use relatively inexpensive piping
materials and other supplies. Are
permanently installed in existing lakes,
ponds, streams and cisterns. Provide a
means of access whenever needed,
regardless of the weather. Allows years
of simple operation with a minimum of
maintenance. The time savings are 
many. Multiple lengths of hard suction
hose extending to the water are not
needed; usually one section to the dry
hydrant is enough. The strainer is also
permanently attached, saving more
time. Fewer people are needed to make
a hookup compared to make a
conventional direct drafting hookup.

When a strategically placed dry hydrant with all-weather road access allows more water to be distributed in less time, and the water can be applied effectively on the fire, fire fighter safety is improved.

Savings can be financial, as well. For example, homeowners may be eligible for a reduction in their insurance premium.  Fire departments also save money by reducing fuel and equipment costs through shorter transportation distances and lower operational demands. Communities can preserve more of their treated water supplies , since dry hydrants use untreated water.