"Here's the twin to "Stupid is as stupid does" outside my house on Eliot Ave in Middle Village." - anonymous
As a general rule, hydrants are either oriented with the pumper outlet perpendicular to the curb which faces the street, or with the pumper outlet set at a 45 degree angle to the street. Whether an agency chooses a perpendicular or 45 degree configuration depends on the type of hydrant chosen, the operations of the fire department, and prevailing conditions such as on-street parking that may restrict hydrant access."
Also looks like when the hydrant is eventually opened that the water's going down into basements and then we'll have to compensate them when they file claim against the city.
UPDATE: "I am pleased to report that the DEP came to pour the cement around this hydrant on Tues March 9. The crew who were doing the job were very helpful and friendly when I explained my concerns about how the previous crew, who installed it, left it facing the homes on the street. Not only did they do a great job with the cement, but they turned the pump in the proper direction, which I don't believe was part of their work order for Tues. Thanks guys, nice job!"