Dry Hydrant

A dry hydrant is a non-pressurized pipe system permanently installed in existing lakes, ponds and streams that provides a suction supply of water to Fire department trucks.

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In rural areas, a lack of water mains and pressurized fire hydrants can sometimes impair a fire department's ability to do its job quickly and efficiently. The success of a fire departments operation hinges on the distance a truck must travel to fill-up and return to the fire. In many cases these fill-up points are often long distances from the fire and the firefighters are unable to maintain an uninterrupted water source at the scene. Hydrants need to be installed within a three mile radius of other hydrants. This will reduce response times when refilling tanker trucks. The installation of a non-pressurized pipe system into local water sources provides a ready means of supplying water to fire engines. Working with the Department of Forestry and local fire departments we are striving to place hydrants in needed areas. Local Homeowner associations and private home owners can also have them installed for protection of their properties.

Planning for dry hydrants involves several considerations and should involve all those affected so a coordinated effort can take place.

Some factors to consider are:

  • Current and future population and building trends.
  • Property values protected.
  • Potential for loss.
  • Fire history of the area protected.
  • Current water supply systems.
  • Other potential water sources.



Testing and maintenance

Silver Creek offers a yearly testing and maintenance program. Most of the testing is contracted with us through each county, but if you have a private dry hydrant or will want us to put one in we can arrange for your hydrant to be test annually also.

Dry Hydrant Gallery

Grant Program

The Virginia Dry Hydrant Grant Program is funded by the General Assembly using funds from the Fire Programs Fund Bill. The program is administered by the Department of Fire Programs and the Department of Forestry and is assisted by an advisory committee.

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