Water Supply Needs For Effective Fire Suppression

Anyone ever wonder how much water it takes to fight an average size house fire?  The technical answer is length x width divided by 3 x the number of stories (a house that is 30 x 50 and is 2 stories would require 1,000 gallons per minute).  Plattsburg Fire brings 3,000 gallons of water with Engine 33 (so about 3 minutes of firefighting) at that point we need to rely on the hydrants in town or water tankers from neighboring departments, which will take 10 to 15 minutes to arrive.  Most of the hydrants in Plattsburg can not provide 1,000 gpm and some can’t provide 500 gpm.  The City’s water lines are in need of updating to accommodate today’s water demands both from a fire protection stand point as well as providing adequate flow and pressure for the resident’s day-to-day activities.  Some of these lines were installed in the 1950’s.  The city’s elected officials and administration has come up with a plan that will provide that flow by upgrading and adding several water lines along with water tower upgrades.  They have had one informational meeting and will be having another on March 28th at 7pm.  If you would like to read more about this topic please go to BOND ISSUE.  Please Vote YES on April 3rd and help us help you!

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