Protect our Hydrants

*IMPORTANT NOTICE* - Pressure Reducing Values 
The Niagara Region has requested the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to have Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) on the following four (4) Town hydrants:

  • 1) York Road and Queenston Street
  • 2) Niagara Stone Road and East/West Line (Harvest Barn)
  • 3) Chateau de Charmes Winery on York Road (Front lawn)
  • 4) Niagara Stone Road (Just south of the roundabout)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - HYDRANT FLOW TESTING & MAINTENANCE CHECKS

What do PRVs do?

PRVs are there to help control the pressure of the Town's distribution system. Since the water tower is out of service, these PRV's are required to dump the pressure when it spikes within the system. Therefore, the hydrants are acting as shock absorbers so that the pipe does not break when the pressure does in fact spike or climb. When the pressure in the system increases past a certain point, a value opens up and expels the water to reduce the pressure inside the pipe from the hydrant. This looks like the hydrant is leaking or running, which it is intended to do. 

Questions related to PRVs or concerns regarding a leaking or running hydrant can be directed to Casey Sharpe, Water/Wastewater Supervisor (A) at casey.sharpe@notl.com or 905-468-3266. 


 

Protect our Hydrants 

Protect our Hydrants is a joint initiative between the Town's Water/Wastewater Department and Fire Department. It is a public awareness campaign aimed at educating and informing residents about proper care of neighborhood hydrants by keeping them clear of snow, shrubs, and debris. The Town encourages residents to report unauthorized use (water theft), damaged or vandalized hydrants.

Fire hydrants are owned and regularly maintained by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's Water/Wastewater Department. Hydrants are connected to watermains allowing our Firefighters to access the water supply in emergencies. The Town's Water/Wastewater department currently maintains 1366 hydrants.

The Town will be regularly promoting this ongoing initiative throughout the year - with major pushes in the Fall and Spring months - using social media, the Town’s website, posters at Town facilities and at the Community Centre.

Did You Know:

  • Hidden, broken, and damaged hydrants can delay firefighting efforts and can cause serious repercussions
  • Water theft poses a serious health risk and can result in the contamination of our drinking water supply
  • Anyone found tampering/damaging/vandalizing hydrants and stealing water can be charged and/or fined

How You Can Help:

  1. Report theft, damage, tampering by calling 905-468-3266
  2. Keep hydrants clear of snow, grass, shrubs, debris (3.0 meters - Diagram of Clearance requirements)

Remember: Only the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake​​​​​​'s Water/Wastewater and Fire Departments can use fire hydrants. Any others can be charged and/or fined.