The City’s Hydrant Hero program has now begun this winter season! Last year, many of Ottawa’s hydrant heroes shared a photo of their cleared hydrant to receive their official Hydrant Hero certificate. Henry, Dylan and Aila, pictured above, are just a few of last year’s recipients.
We encourage you to be a hydrant hero this winter and keep your local hydrant clear of snow. Clearing 1.5 metres around a hydrant maintains access for our firefighters and helps them keep you, your family and your community safe.
Contractors are reminded to not pile snow over or against hydrants when clearing pathways and driveways in the winter.
The City values your assistance in promoting the importance of supporting our firefighters by keeping hydrants clear of snow this winter. Information on hydrant maintenance is available at ottawa.ca/firehydrants.
Did you know?
Beginning in December, the Water Services team begins proactively monitoring the City’s 23,000 hydrants to ensure that they’re in operation for our firefighters in the event of a fire. Each team member covers approximately 1,000 hydrants and follows a consistent schedule. If you’re unable to clear your hydrant, staff will reach it, but this can take 2 to 3 weeks following a significant winter storm.