Your question: Why are some fire hydrants red and some silver?

The colors denote how much water a particular hydrant can provide in gallons per minute (GPM). … Jackson Energy Authority hydrants follow the recommended NFPA Color Coding for flow and the adopted chrome silver for hydrant body color.

What does a red colored hydrant indicate?

Red color barrel is used to indicate that the hydrant is not on a public water main but meets the minimum 500 gpm flow at 20 psi. Inspection, testing and maintenance requirements for private fire hydrants is addressed by NFPA 25, requiring an annual flush, and full flow tested every five years.

Do fire hydrants have to be a certain color?

Most fire hydrants are universally red; however, even this ubiquitous coating communicates valuable information to firefighters and water distribution personnel. Color coding depends on where each color is located on the hydrant, as the hydrant bodies and bonnets and caps each relay a separate set of information.

Is fire hydrant water drinkable?

Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Your water is safe to drink.

Why are fire hydrants GREY?

In some places, the tops of fire hydrants are painted different colours to let firefighters know how many gallons per minute, or GPM, a hydrant is able to deliver. The higher the GPM, the better the hydrant will be at fighting bigger fires. Blue usually marks the highest GPM, and red the lowest!

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