New Dry Fire Hydrant Placed in Service
The importance of readily accessible water supply cannot be overstated.
A dry hydrant is a pipe that is installed, underground, out into a pond or other body of water that fire pumper trucks can hook up to and draft or "suck" water for fire fighting purposes. Having a dry hydrant makes accessing the water easier and, most critically, quicker, especially in the winter time when the ponds may be frozen.
There are two people that must be recognized that helped make this installation possible. First is Mr. Tim Brown of Brown Thayer Shedd Insurance Agency on Pine Street, who donated the cost of the installation. This is the second dry hydrant that Mr. Brown has donated to the Town and the is most grateful.
Second are the homeowners, Kenneth and Gaynor Luke on whose property the dry hydrant was installed. They were most gracious in quickly agreeing to allow the pipe to cross their property to make this installation possible. This installation will help them and their neighbors reduce their annual insurance bills and have peace-of-mind.
Adequate and readily available water supply is a critical function of fire fighting. Only about 30 percent of New Canaan is protected by municipal water supply (traditional fire hydrants). The remainder of town relies on cisterns and dry hydrants like this new one on Braeburn Drive.