Here’s a random question to get your mind wondering or wandering. How many fire hydrants do you think there are in the city of Bangor?

This is a tease because the answer will follow, but first the reason this question has come up.

Blame it on the snow. The big one from Saturday with all the drifting might lead some to believe that there are fewer hydrants than there actually are because they’re covered in snow.

And covered in snow for a fire hydrant is definitely not a good thing.

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Some might wonder who is responsible for making sure that snow isn’t hiding our much-needed fire hydrants. Especially if there is another dump coming on Friday this week.

Actually, the Bangor Water department has a construction team that is responsible for making sure that the Fire department can access any and all hydrants in an emergency.

Long enough waiting so to answer the question from above there are more than 1,500 hydrants in Bangor. They are obviously spread all over every area of the city.

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So, if you happen to have a fire hydrant on your property or close by, consider making sure it is cleared of snow enough to be accessible to the Bangor Fire department, if, heaven forbid, they need to use it.

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However, if you are unable to clear the snow from the immediate area around the hydrant, and can’t ask a neighbor or friend or relative, you can reach out to the Water Department to make sure they know one is covered in snow and its location.

Better safe than sorry.

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And for those starting to feel the winter blues. Just over six weeks until Spring. Regardless of what the Groundhog sees today.

Imagine, 40 some days from now and sunset will be 7PM.

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