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Kentucky American Water trying to put a stop to hydrant tampering in Lexington area

Kentucky American Water is asking people to be on the lookout for anyone tampering with fire...
Kentucky American Water is asking people to be on the lookout for anyone tampering with fire hydrants around Fayette County.(KKCO/KJCT)
Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky American Water is asking people to be on the lookout for anyone tampering with fire hydrants around Fayette County.

According to Kentucky American Water officials, five fire hydrants in various parts of the county have been found open and running water since February.

“Well-functioning fire hydrants are important parts of the water distribution system and critical for fighting fires,” said Dave Farrar, Kentucky American Water’s vice president of operations. “Unauthorized persons opening fire hydrants risk damaging the fire hydrant, the underground water main it’s connected to as well as nearby properties, since the rushing water could cause flooding and other damage if not managed properly. Only Kentucky American Water personnel and official Lexington-Fayette County firefighters are permitted to open Kentucky American Water fire hydrants in Fayette County. Opening a fire hydrant without permission results in water being used from the water system but not accounted for, and is considered theft. Those who do so will be prosecuted.”

Fire hydrants owned and operated by Kentucky American Water include small, round “sleeves” on their caps with language that helps discourage tampering and unauthorized usage.

Kentucky American Water personnel open hydrants from time to time as a regular part of operations, such as during the company’s annual water system “flushing” program that begins this month.

If someone sees suspected unauthorized use of a fire hydrant or observes a fire hydrant left open with water running from it without a firefighter or Kentucky American Water personnel present, people are encouraged to call Lexington Police at (859) 258-3600 to report it.

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