Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why Jamaica hydrants are yellow

From the NY Times:

Q. Why are some city fire hydrants yellow? The only places I recall seeing them are in parts of Queens.

A. You may be referring to some “legacy hydrants” the city inherited from the former Jamaica Water Supply Company system, suggested Michael Saucier, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection. In 1996, the city took over the company, the city’s last privately owned supplier.


Gary the Agnostic said...

Jamaica Water Supply had the worst tasting water anyplace.

ew-3 said...

Not doubting you GTA, but back in the 50's, 60's and 70's it was first class water. Still the best I've ever had. Guests to our home remarked about it the same way.
Did some quick research and all the old JWS wells are shutdown. I'm guessing that ultimately pollutants got into the system. Perhaps that's why the taste went to hell.

Gary the Agnostic said...

Maybe the 50s. I can remember what it was like in the 60s and 70s.

I don't doubt what you're saying, though. It might be that some of the pumps were turned on and off depending on what the water table was like at the time. From what I've heard, the City still turns them on and off that way.

Joe said...

Why don't NYC hydrants have poles with marker flags on them?
Other places have these so fire depts can find hydrants that are under the snow- or behind cars.

I like the way those yellow hydrants look. I wonder if they have a lower rate of flow.