City puts the heat on Bronx fire hydrant abuse

The city is getting the word out about a program designed to prevent fire hydrant water abuse.

The city's Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with a community organization to create the Hydrant Education Action Team, or HEAT. HEAT representatives are distributing fliers outside subways, parks and throughout neighborhoods.

Officials say illegally opened hydrants cause low water pressure, which depletes water supplies in the event of a fire. Illegally opened hydrants also waste up to 600 gallons of water per minute, according to the DEP. The practice is subject to fines.

Anyone who is 18 or older can obtain fire hydrant spray caps from local firehouses for free. The spray caps reduce water output to around 25 gallons per minute. Hydrants can legally be opened if fitted with a spray cap.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."