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Water flow rises with new tower


Fire insurance reduction anticipated by village officials


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Almont DPW worker Bryan Treat tests the water flow at one of nearly 200 hydrants located throughout the village. Pressure has increased dramatically since the installation of the new 300,000-gallon tower at the industrial park. photo by Tom Wearing.

July 15, 2009
ALMONT — Since the new 300,000-gallon water tower at the industrial park was placed into service last year, water flow levels have increased dramatically at 195 fire hydrants throughout the village.

The increase in water pressure was recorded by DPW workers during flow inspections conducted recently at the village's hydrants.

Village Manager Gerald Oakes is pleased with the inspection results, noting that the markedly higher water flow would be particularly beneficial during fires.

Oakes explained that each of the village's hydrants is color-coded either red, orange, green or blue.

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"Red represents the least pressure at under 500 gallons per minute (gpm)," said Oakes, "with blue being the highest at 1,500 gpm."

He added that hydrants designated with orange color coding have pressure levels of 500-1,000 gpm, and those identified by green coding have flow levels of 1,000-1,500 gpm.

"Right now," said Oakes, "the hydrants at the industrial park, the school and all the way out onto Kidder Road are registering green. That's excellent. It means we've doubled, even tripled the water pressure at some of those locations."

Oakes said residents should be noticing better pressure at the taps in their homes; another benefit of the larger and much taller water tower.

DPW Supervisor Russ Kelley said there are only a handful of hydrants whose flow still registers in the lower range (red or orange coding).

"Those still labeled red are due to the s maller (4-inch diameter) mains in those areas," said Kelley, whose workers are responsible for monitoring, maintaining and flushing the system. "Right now, eighty percent of this town has a tremendous increase in flow. That's because of the capacity and height of the new tower."

Oakes said yet another

benefit of the increased hydrant flow, is that the village's fire insurance coverage should be in line for a reduction.

"The flow coming from these hydrants should be enough to fight any fire," Kelley added. "There should be no more having to draw water out of nearby ponds to fight fires."

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