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Fire hydrant responsibility

Statutory fire hydrants are owned, installed and maintained by water companies. Every water company has a duty to provide water for the Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services to use when fighting fires. The Fire and Rescue Services access the water network through fire hydrants.

With Statutory fire hydrants it is usually the Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services who carry out regular inspection and maintenance to ensure they are in good working order. Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services are usually responsible for the hydrant signage that you see above ground.

If a major repair or hydrant renewal is required then it is passed to the relevant water company to repair. P
lease call our Operations Team on 03457 145 145 to do this.

Private fire hydrants found on private water mains are not the responsibility of the Local Water Company or the Fire and Rescue Service.

Where private hydrants are installed they should be tested and maintained and be kept in good working order by the responsible person(s).