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Severn Trent clamps down on illegal use of fire hydrants

Jul 06, 2016

Severn Trent Water has launched a clampdown on illegal use of its 300,000 fire hydrants across the Midlands, saying that such incidents are causing discolouration in water. 

Since the beginning of 2016 Severn Trent has successfully investigated 50 instances of illegal use of fire hydrants. Some of these investigations have led to formal cautions and in some circumstances criminal prosecutions.

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Severn Trent has also joined up with Aquam Water Services to ensure that all authorized standpipes are painted bright green and feature the Severn Trent and Aquam logos on them, making it easier to spot unauthorised use.

Dan Littlewood, water fittings senior technician at Severn Trent, said:

“Companies and individuals that use our hydrants illegally can cause significant problems, including discolouration in our customers’ water because they simply don’t care about what their actions might result in.

“When we work with official users of our hydrants, which range from fire and rescue services to housebuilders, we make sure they’re aware that they can have a very real impact on our customers’ lives and we can educate them on how to use them properly.

“For us, water quality is an absolute priority so we really need everyone to become a hydrant hero and keep an eye out for anyone using an illegal standpipe because it could be your water they’re affecting.”

Severn Trent Water is also calling on customers to be their eyes and ears by looking out for unauthorised use of fire hydrants, and notifying the company if they spot a hydrant being used illegally.