The reasoning behind this principle, is that the water authority:
Owns the entire water system on which the hydrants are located;
2. Controls the design of the water system and the location of hydrants;
3. Has the regulations requiring developers to install hydrants;
4. Has the staff who is knowledgeable about maintaining water system components and the necessary equipment;
5. Also uses the hydrants to flush their water mains.
The fire department wants assurances that the hydrants will be in proper operating order when they are needed in an emergency.
Upgrades or replacements are generally picked up as part of the water authority’s annual upgrading and maintenance program in conjunction with the Fire Department’s recommendations, but within the financial capacity of the community.
A written agreement should be drawn up for maintenance and use of any private water systems.
Wildfire Threats to Urban Interface Areas
Rural areas are becoming increasingly popular as outstanding locations for both seasonal and permanent residences.
A bylaw should be established to control vegetation and construction methods in urban interface areas. Alberta Sustainable Resources has a manual called “Fire Smart: Protecting your Home from Wildfire”. This manual can assist residents in the interface area with many good recommendations on safety.
Public and private education will lessen the risk of wildland/urban interface fires. An increased awareness and homeowner involvement will ensure greater safety in this area (see Appendix 3 references).