"When we were approached by the Wawasee Resident Association to install dry hydrants, we were really excited about the idea of working on the lake for the summer," says Mahaffa.
Once Middlebury Electric crews had the right equipment, they embarked on this unusual job, installing 15 dry hydrants ranging in size from 6-inch to 8-inch pipe.
And it looks like Middlebury's crews will have that option, as several other resident associations from lakes nearby have approached them about installing dry hydrants in their neighborhoods.
"These dry hydrants just make sense around the lake area," says Mahaffa.
The cost of installing a dry hydrant will run from about $500 if you hire a backhoe and purchase the pipe and fittings required yourself, to over $1,000 if you contract out installation.
For local dry hydrant requirements: contact your local fire department to determine what fittings are required for their equipment, your local Soil Conservation Services Office for design assistance and the local road department for possible assistance in improving access to the site.
Manufacturers of dry hydrant components include Schlumberger Industries, Water Division, Highway 229 South, Tallassee, AL 36078; KenMar, 2531 Willard Dairy Road, High Point, NC 27265 and Red Head Brass, Inc., Box 566, Shreve, OH 44676.