Hydrant Maintenance Program

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Fire hydrants serve a critical function in our community both for fire protection and water system operations. Maintaining access, visibility and operations are key factors included in a successful hydrant maintenance program.

Prior to 1995, fire hydrants were routinely painted to maintain visibility and aesthetics. This process required periodic repainting as the paint weathered and aged.  The continual repainting can potentially cause operational concerns and increases routine maintenance costs.

The City updated the Hydrant Coating Program in 1995. The new procedure uses a heat applied powder coating process effectively eliminating the need for continual repainting. The new coating process maintains reliable operations as well as high visibility for emergency responders and operators.

Currently, the City of Tumwater maintains 1699 fire hydrants and continues to grow every year. Over half of the City’s hydrants have been coated. The hydrants have been prioritized for coating based on current conditions and divided into phases. Those identified to be completed in Phase I are currently in progress and scheduled to be completed by mid-2020. Future Phase Hydrants are planned to be completed by the end of 2023.

The interactive map shown below includes information regarding the scheduling and planned completion of the remainder of the hydrants in the City’s water system. Scheduling/planning information can be viewed by clicking on the individual hydrants on the map.  Information on the website will be updated monthly as the program progresses.

Enter your address into the web map below to see where your property is in relation to the City’s fire hydrant network. See instructions PDF file on how to use this map.