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The History of Fire Hydrants 

It's safe to say you've probably seen a fire hydrant or ten. There is one on almost every block in every city. But do you know how long we have been using fire hydrants? Who invented it? What was used to douse fires beforehand? And how do they compare to today's design? 

What is World Water Day? 

It is an annual United Nations Observance that initially started in 1993 that celebrates our planet and the abundance of an element that we hold so dear. Water! It also aims to raise awareness for the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. This is a core focus for World Water Day to inspire action towards Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.  

There is a theme for World Water Day, and this year the article is Ground Water. Previous themes included Water Quality, Climate Change, Valuing Water, Water for Cities, Water for Life, and Water & Energy. Some heavy-hitting topics, especially because water is what keeps us (and cities) alive.  

A uni-directional flushing program is among the best ways for municipalities to preserve the high quality of water and keep the water distribution system reliable.

Fire hydrants are a crucial part of the fire protection system for any municipality. Hydrants play a pivotal role in supplying additional water to help firefighters extinguish a fire and are placed with specific distances between each hydrant based on the location. But what would happen if these devices were found to be inoperable?

A water distribution system is the lifeline of every municipality. It provides the necessary resources for residents to consume and use in their daily lives. Whether it's supplying water to schools, hospitals, or industries, reaching these facilities is only possible through the help of a viable distribution system.

There are many things to consider when we talk about the safety of our cities and communities. Having information about some fire protection practices is essential for making informed decisions when needed. At Velocity Water Services, we strive to be transparent and responsible when we talk to the public about the importance of fire flow testing and additional maintenance to the water supply system. Our services include fire hydrant inspections, maintenance, and repairs in the municipal, private, and industrial sectors.