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East Williston raises fines for unauthorized fire hydrant use

The exterior of East Williston Village Hall is

The exterior of East Williston Village Hall is pictured on Jan. 7, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Unauthorized use of fire hydrants now carries a steep fine in East Williston.

On Monday, the village adopted new regulations for the opening of fire hydrants, including a substantial penalty for violations.

Fire hydrants may not be opened without obtaining a village permit in advance. The area to be opened will be designated by the village, or the hydrant must be opened in the presence of a village employee or the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.

Unsanctioned use of village hydrants previously held a fine of $100 for each occurrence. Now, the fine has risen to $500 for a first-time offense, $1,000 for a second violation within a year, and $2,000 for a third violation in a year.

East Williston had experienced numerous incidents of fire hydrants being opened illegally, which caused water discoloration.

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