The following article was written by the Piqua Utilities Department Water Treatment Division:
Gray fire hydrants seemed to be the talk of the town last month as Water Department crews began prepping downtown area fire hydrants for painting. The Water Department rented a unit that stripped the hydrants of old paint. The unit, specifically made for stripping fire hydrants, saved the City on time and cleanup as to what it would have taken to wire brush and prep the hydrants. Immediately after a hydrant was stripped of the old paint, another crew would follow behind and paint the hydrant with a gray primer.
In less than two weeks, city crews were able to strip and primer approximately 140 fire hydrants. The hydrants were located mainly in the downtown area as well as State Route 36 to the east, State Route 66, and County Road 25A on both the north and south ends of town.
After all of the hydrants were stripped and primed, crews began going back to paint the hydrants.
Painting of the hydrants is a much more time consuming project. To date, city employees have completed around two-thirds of the hydrants. A spray gun is used to paint the hydrants and the area around the hydrants is covered to prevent overspray. The employees working on the project have done an excellent job of getting a clean coat of paint on the hydrants and keeping the surrounding areas clean.
The hydrants are being painted Safety Red with a Bright White cap. Some hydrants are needed to be identified as “non-draining” hydrants. Those hydrants will have a blue stripe around the bottom of the white cap. (non-draining hydrants used to be identified with a red stripe around the yellow hydrant)
As you can see below, the finished product is quite the eye catcher. The new paint scheme is much more vibrant and the hydrants really stand out.
The City of Piqua will be looking at the best and most economical way to continue the project into the upcoming years. Piqua has over 1,000 fire hydrants throughout town so the process of getting all of them converted to the new colors will take some time. We all will agree though that this has been a much needed endeavor and the final product looks amazing!