2007-08-31 / Community

New Water Main Keeps Hydrants Open On BCD

By Miriam Rosenberg

It all starts on Beach 38 and Beach Channel Drive with this orange hydrant. It all starts on Beach 38 and Beach Channel Drive with this orange hydrant. For the majority of the summer, fire hydrants on Beach Channel Drive, between Beach 38 and Beach 45 Streets, have been gushing water into the streets, as the city's Department of Environmental Protection works on a new water main.

Mercedes Padilla of the DEP explained the situation on Wednesday, August 29.

"Basically, on Rockaway Beach Boulevard - from the Beach 30's to the 50's - we are flushing a newly installed trunk main," said Padilla.

According to a DEP press release, hydrants illegally opened during the summer to get relief from the heat could pose a danger.

"Opened hydrants lower water pressure, cause problems at hospitals and medical facilities and reduce the flow of water needed to fight fire."

Yet, Padilla said there was no cause for concern.

"They know what they are doing," she said. "They are part of the DEP crew."

While not all the hydrants along that stretch of road are open, the same press release notes that "an open hydrant - running full for one minute consumes the same amount of water used to run 400 shower heads.

Then comes the one on the corner of Beach 41 Street and BCD. Then comes the one on the corner of Beach 41 Street and BCD. In an hour, a single illegally open hydrant wastes enough water to fill an Olympic size swimming pool."

The Wave was not able to obtain an answer on how much longer the project will take in time for publication of this article.

Followed by one on Beach 44 Street and BCD. Followed by one on Beach 44 Street and BCD. And finally a hydrant on Beach 45 Street and BCD. The locations are different, but the results are the same -  a huge amount of water down the sewers over almost two months. And finally a hydrant on Beach 45 Street and BCD. The locations are different, but the results are the same - a huge amount of water down the sewers over almost two months.

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