Chapter 9.16
FIRE HYDRANTS

Sections:

9.16.020    Responsibility.

9.16.030    Service by water department.

9.16.040    Private hydrant installation.

9.16.050    Repealed.

9.16.060    Repealed.

9.16.070    Leads from service main.

9.16.080    Private fire mains.

9.16.090    Hydrant spacing in areas other than one- and two-family residential areas.

9.16.100    Hydrant spacing in one- and two-family residential areas.

9.16.110    Repealed.

9.16.115    Hydrant locations and quantity.

9.16.120    Repealed.

9.16.130    Repealed.

9.16.140    Pumper port direction.

9.16.150    Repealed.

9.16.160    Replacement.

9.16.170    Obstruction prohibited.

9.16.180    Compliance required.

9.16.190    Repealed.

9.16.200    Repealed.

9.16.210    Penalty for violation.

Prior legislation: Ords. 453, 2045, 2506, 2683 and 2840.

9.16.020 Responsibility.

The installation of fire hydrants in accordance with this chapter shall be required of the owner and/or developer of any future business, commercial, institutional or industrial facility, dwelling or dwelling development. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.030 Service by water department.

All fire hydrants installed as required by this chapter shall be served by the city water department unless conditions warrant a waiver of this provision. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.040 Private hydrant installation.

The installation of private hydrants as defined herein shall be limited to those cases when the number of public hydrants installed under the distance provisions of this chapter shall be insufficient in number. Private hydrants shall meet city requirements for public hydrants and shall be located as designated by the approving authority. The city shall have the right to go upon the premises and to use the private hydrant for public purposes, including testing, flushing and emergency uses. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.050 Flush type prohibited.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.060 Foot valve required.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.070 Leads from service main.

The lead from the service main to the hydrant shall be no less than six inches in diameter. Any hydrant leads over 50 feet in length from the service main to the hydrant shall be no less than eight inches in diameter. The provisions of this section shall apply without exception and regardless of the size of the service main. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.080 Private fire mains.

All mains on private property serving more than one fire hydrant shall be circulatory and not less than eight inches in diameter. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.090 Hydrant spacing in areas other than one- and two-family residential areas.

In areas other than one- and two-family residential use, fire hydrants shall be installed at intersections and have a maximum lateral spacing of 330 feet with no structure in excess of 150 feet from a fire hydrant. If the distance between intersections is over 400 feet, an additional hydrant shall be installed to limit the distance between hydrants to a maximum of 330 feet. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.100 Hydrant spacing in one- and two-family residential areas.

In areas zoned for one- and two-family residential use, public hydrants shall be installed at street intersections and shall have a maximum lateral spacing of 600 feet with no lot or parcel in excess of 300 feet from a fire hydrant. The length of panhandles or access tracts shall be included in the measurement. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.110 Hydrant spacing in commercial and industrial areas.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.115 Hydrant locations and quantity.

A. Hydrants used to supply fire department connections (FDCs) shall be within 50 feet of such connection or as approved by the fire code official.

B. Hydrants and FDCs shall not be located closer than 50 feet from the building or as approved by the fire code official.

C. The number of hydrants used to provide fire flows shall be as specified in IFC Table C102.1, except that all buildings over 5,000 square feet shall be protected by a minimum of two hydrants; one of which shall be located within 150 feet of the most remote location of the exterior wall of the first story. The second hydrant may be located up to 330 feet (as measured by vehicle travel) from the first hydrant. For fire flows requiring more than two hydrants, additional hydrants shall be installed in approved locations with a maximum spacing of 330 feet. The number, spacing, and/or location of hydrants may be modified by the fire marshal as needed to ensure adequate fire protection.

Exception: one- and two-family dwellings. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.120 Port outlets – Valve openings – Barrel drains.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.130 Approval of piping, installation required.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.140 Pumper port direction.

Hydrants shall stand plumb, be set to the established grade with the lowest outlet of the hydrant no less than 18 inches above the grade and no less than 36 inches of clear area around the hydrant circumference for clearance of the hydrant wrench on both outlets and on the control valve. The pumper port shall face the street. Where the street cannot be clearly defined or recognized, the port shall face the most likely route of approach and location of the fire truck while pumping, to be determined by the approving authority. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.150 Protection.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.160 Replacement.

When existing fire hydrants which do not conform to the requirements of this chapter are replaced, they shall be replaced with hydrants which conform to the applicable city standards. This does not preclude a requirement by proper authority that a deficient hydrant must be replaced should structural conditions of the area change in a manner that requires a hydrant or hydrants of larger flow capacity.

If a new building construction project uses an existing nonconforming hydrant to provide fire flows, the existing nonconforming hydrant shall be replaced or updated to meet current standards. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.170 Obstruction prohibited.

No one shall plant any vegetation, erect any structure or perform any action which results in obstructing the view of a fire hydrant for a distance of 50 feet. The owner/occupant of any area in which a hydrant is located shall be responsible for removing weed and tree growth from around the hydrant for a distance of no less than 10 feet. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.180 Compliance required.

The passage of this chapter is necessary for the protection of health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city and to avoid or abate public nuisances. No building permits shall be issued for erection of any building or structure until reasonable proof of intent to comply with this chapter is indicated and the approving authority is satisfied that hydrants are to be, and/or can be, installed to comply with this chapter. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.190 Installation work performance.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.200 Chlorine treatment required.

Repealed by Ord. 3196. (Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)

9.16.210 Penalty for violation.

Any person who violates this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine of $1,000 or by imprisonment in the city jail for a period not to exceed 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 3396 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3306 § 2 (Exh. 2), 2018; Ord. 3196 § 1, 2016; Ord. 3007 § 1, 2013)