Pennsylvania American Water today reminded residents to keep areas surrounding fire hydrants clear from snow. With a winter storm expected to bring significant precipitation to the region, the snow can obstruct fire hydrants and limit accessibility. The company urged homeowners and business owners must keep in mind that fire hydrant accessibility is a primary factor in fighting fires.
“It is absolutely critical that fire hydrants are easily accessible to firefighters,” said William Kelvington, vice-president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water. “By taking the time to dig out the hydrants on your street, you are helping fire crews perform their lifesaving work without delay, in case fire strikes.”
If you have a hydrant on or near your property, Pennsylvania American Water asks that you take a few minutes to clear away the snow. If you cannot clear the hydrant, please ask a neighbor or someone else who can do it for you.
Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.