Dry Hydrant

A dry hydrant is used by fire departments needing water to fight fire. Water is drained from a pond through the hydrant to load a water tank. Ponds have to have enough depth (diameter of the strainer in the pond plus 8’ of depth is minimum) in order for a dry hydrant to work. This assumes a 50-year drought and freeze condition. A minimum of 30,000 gallons of water is also needed with 250 gallons per minute without interruption for 2 hours. All-weather road access is needed for the fire trucks. Insurance companies may give a discount on property coverage if a dry hydrant is on premises.