Posted: Mar 4, 2013 3:59 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 6:46 PM
ARANSAS PASS - Pat Kerr is an Aransas Pass resident who lives on the corner of 10th st. and Ireland, just yards away from the brush fire that burned more than 65 acres in the city Friday afternoon.
His concern is there aren't any fire hydrants on Ireland at all.
"We need one down here on the corner because we got all this brush over here," he says.
So we shared his concerns with City Utility Superintendent Cande Torres, who told us there's no water mains big enough to support water hydrants on that street.
Then, Torres showed us a map of the city, revealing that there are at least five water hydrants on Matlock st., all within one block of where the fire happened. Torres says that's plenty close for the fire truck's hoses.
And according to the maps, the city is also in compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Qualities' standards for hydrants, which requires that they be between 300 and 500 ft. of each other throughout the city.
Still, Torres admits the system can always be better.
He says the city is planning to replace the whole line on Matlock st. They want to replace old cast iron piping with new P.V.C piping. The new piping would improve the water flow and get water to the hoses faster.
An upgrade that Torres says is needed to keep the system up to date.
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