They may not be as cute and cuddly as a kitten but adopting a fire hydrant can pay some big dividends when it comes to the safety of your home and neighbors.   Safety, education, and public outreach are the main thrust of the Merchantville – Pennsauken Water Commission’s new Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Fire departments across the country are losing precious seconds and minutes when battling fires due to them being concealed by plowed snow or heavy foliage. Local water utilities work aggressively at maintaining all of their fire hydrants and in the unlikely chance that the fire department finds a hydrant not functioning properly, they report it and it is fixed immediately. While the MPWC takes the responsibility seriously, as residents or business owners, you may see a problem before we get to it on our scheduled maintenance. Keeping it accessible and clear of obstructions can make the difference between life and death when seconds count. It is very critical that if a problem is observed that it be reported to the right party, immediately, so that the appropriate action can be taken.

The MPWC, along with the fire departments of Pennsauken, Merchantville, and Cherry Hill have been working tirelessly to address each of the topics before they can become issues. The MPWC partnered with Hopeworks ‘N Camden to GPS map each and every fire hydrant throughout the service area to ensure that we have accurate mapping for our end-users – the Fire Departments. The MPWC also works throughout the year flushing, inspecting, and clearing foliage and debris from around our fire hydrants. During the winter months, Fire Personnel in Merchantville, Pennsauken, and Cherry Hill will clear snow out from around fire hydrants. Despite the hard work of each of these organizations, often times it’s just not enough.

Enter the Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Whether you’re a safety conscious homeowner, a civic organization, or a school aged kid looking for community service hours, adopting a hydrant can help keep you and your town safer year round. Helping to keep the hydrant clear of snow and foliage, letting the MPWC know if anything has happened to the hydrant (say an accidental car hit for instance) or if we could stand to stop out and put on a new coat of paint to keep the hydrant visible, you’ll be helping to keep you and your neighbors safe.

Click here to visit our Adopt-A-Hydrant page to sign up!


By:  Sean Fitzgerald & Ryan Magee