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'Adopt-a-hydrant' set for Huntington

Snowed-in fire hydrants are causing concern throughout Long

Snowed-in fire hydrants are causing concern throughout Long Island Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Residents in the Town of Huntington will soon be able to adopt a fire hydrant in their neighborhood.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, which is October, town board member Susan A. Berland will host a news conference to announce the adopt a hydrant program this Monday afternoon.

Berland said she became concerned last winter when she and her family had difficulty finding their fire hydrants to dig them out.

“For almost a year we mapped the best we could all the fire hydrants in the town,” Berland said, referring to efforts by herself, her staff and fire and water authority officials. “The goal is to get as many of the fire hydrants in the town adopted, and there are between seven and nine thousand of them, to keep them up through the four seasons.”

This voluntary program allows residents to officially “adopt” a hydrant. Residents who agree to adopt a hydrant are required to keep it clear of any debris, litter, foliage or snow that might hinder the ability of an emergency responder to access it. Residents will not be responsible for painting or repairing the hydrant.

Residents interested in adopting a hydrant can find information and register on the town’s website, http://HuntingtonNY.gov. They will be able to enter an address within the town and the page will show a listing of each hydrant in that neighborhood.

Berland said she expects to be joined today Monday by her town board colleagues and officials from the Suffolk County Water Authority, the Greenlawn Water District and the South Huntington Water District.

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