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Hydrant History: Standardizing Wet-Barrel Hydrants

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Hydrant History: Standardizing Wet-Barrel Hydrants After its first major fire in 1851, a San Francisco foundry began casting wet-barrel hydrants. A century later, Greenberg’s collaboration with water districts all over California had forever united hydrant engineering with municipal water management. But that didn’t mean the water providers and customers could live happily ever after. First, […]

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Hydrant Guard Success Story: Walnut Valley Water District, Part 2

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Walnut Valley Water District (WVWD) has been serving their community for over 70 years. From a humble start managing groundwater connections for less than 1000 residents, to serving over 100,000 today, WVWD has continuously expanded their infrastructure to keep pace with the growing population. Today, they boast 500 miles of distribution mains, 31 reservoirs, 17 pump plants, and nearly 100,000,000 gallons of storage capacity.

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Hydrant Guard Success Story: The City of Pomona

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After more than 30 years in the water industry, Danny Aceves knows how things work on (and under) the ground. Since his promotion to Distribution Supervisor for the City of Pomona, he’s been tasked, among other priorities, with a bigger challenge: how to protect city assets and private property from broken hydrants.

Danny’s team deals with a hydrant shear roughly once every ten days. The vast majority of hydrant shears don’t make the news (in 15 years at Pomona, Danny hasn’t seen a single one picked up in the media). He considers this fortunate but doesn’t take it for granted.

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2023 WaterWisePro Maintenance & Construction Expo Recap

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2023 WaterWisePro Maintenance & Construction Expo Recap   Over 200 vendors and 1,000 attendees joined us at the Water Wise Pro Maintenance & Construction Expo in Pleasanton, CA last week. The Hydrant Guard + Advanced Conservation Management touched base with existing customers and friends, and made dozens of new connections among attendees.  A special shout out […]

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Hydrant History: The California Type Hydrant

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Hydrant History: The California Type Hydrant Until 1850, hydrant innovation focused on dry-barrel designs that worked well in the cold. But California’s climate called for different types of fire hydrants. San Francisco was reeling from a destructive blaze in 1851. At that time, there were no fire insurance companies: what was lost in the fire […]

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Hydrant History: The World’s First Fire Hydrants

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Hydrant History: The World’s First Fire Hydrants Getting water out of the ground remained an unsolved problem in 1800, despite all the advances in underground infrastructure; firefighters had either to plunge buckets in the nearest cistern or dig down to perforate the wooden mains that conveyed water before metal pipes. Before the invention of hydrants, […]

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Hydrant History: Founding Fathers & Firefighters

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Hydrant History: Founding Fathers & Firefighters The History of Philadelphia’s Union Fire Company Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Adams: what do they have in common? Yes, protecting home and hearth from the Redcoats and, as it happens, the red flames. The invigorating mixture of new cities and revolutionary fervor […]