Fire Hydrant Painting Project
Cleveland Utilities has hired a contractor to paint fire hydrants in the water distribution system. The first phase will include roughly 1,100 of the 2,900 fire hydrants and comprise locations in Cleveland’s main traffic corridors and the downtown area.
The hydrants are painted in two areas: the barrel (lower portion) is painted orange and the bonnet (top portion) is painted either red, orange, green, or blue. The bonnet color represents the hydrant’s flow rate capability and is helpful to emergency personnel when responding to fires. The process will include removal of the old paint on most hydrants, then priming (white) and repainting. The process can take several days and is dependent on weather conditions. They will remain functional during the restoration process.Paint protects the hydrants from rusting, and CU’s goal is to have them well-maintained and ready for service when needed. The entire project will take approximately three years to complete.