Changes could soon be coming to some fire hydrants throughout one particular town in Marion County.
Fire officials and the water board met in Grant Town on Monday night to discuss the possibility of adding locks to five fire hydrants to prevent water theft.
The changes would require fire departments to purchase a key that would cost them $90. Fire officials expressed concern because they are worried about the extra time it would take to unlock the hydrants during a fire.
It's not guaranteed that the locks will be put into use, but the water board offered instructions during the meeting on how to quickly and safely unlock the hydrants.
The five hydrants in question will be painted a different color so firefighters will know which hydrants have been locked to prevent theft.
Apr 08, 2014 at 6:33 AMSo, if the fracking companies have no problem stealing water, what's stopping them from illegally disposing of the sludge that comes back out of the wells?