Hydrant Use Permit System
Help Us Protect the Public Water Supply
Beaumont is committed to encouraging the responsible use of drinking water and maintaining the water system infrastructure to support potable water demands and fire protection needs. With the implementation of the Hydrant Use Permit system, bylaw amendments and your help, together we are striving to ensure a safe drinking water supply to all customers.
The Hydrant Use Permit System is flexible to meet different needs of hydrant uses. All interested hydrant users must apply and receive approval.
The weather must be above zero degrees Celsius to access a hydrant. If unseasonably cold, Permits may not be granted.
Report Suspected Illegal Hydrant Users
If you see someone withdrawing water from a hydrant without a City supplied backflow/meter assembly or air gap please report this to the Beaumont Operations by calling 780-929-4300. Please include the date, time, location, and vehicle license plate number.
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Hydrant Permit Season
The hydrant permit season will run from May 1st to October 1st . Hydrants and equipment will not be permitted for use prior to May 1st. If hydrant equipment is not returned on or before October 1st the damage deposit will be forfeited.
Conditions of Using a Hydrant Connection Unit
- The BMA or MA cannot be modified in any way
- The vehicle must pass inspection before any water is withdrawn from a hydrant that is being used with the MA Unit.
- The equipment must be protected from damage, unreasonable wear and tear, theft or loss.
- If the equipment malfunctions or is damaged, it must be reported to the Operations immediately. Please Call 780-929-4300
- The gate valve, hydrant wrench, and hose must be used.
- Replace hydrant caps after use.
- Water can only be withdrawn from the hydrant(s) identified on the Agreement Receipt. Keep the rental agreement/permit in the vehicle at all times, so the location can be verified, if requested by a Municipal Enforcement Officer.
- Use of unauthorized hydrants may result in cancellation of hydrant permit privileges.
- The City of Beaumont reserves the right to refuse the use of any hydrant.
- The hydrant must be in a closed position at all times when unattended.
- The hydrant connection unit must be returned in a clean and reasonable condition along with all equipment that was issued.
- Hydrants must be operated in accordance to the hydrant operating procedure.
Hydrant Operating Procedure
- Check the hydrant for any visible damage before use. Report damage immediately to Operations.
- Check operating nut to ensure the hydrant is in the closed position before removing caps.
- Remove the 2.5 inch cap using the City supplied hydrant wrench.
- Check the condition of the threads.
- Install the gate valve and make sure it is in the closed position. Ensure all other caps are tight.
- Stand behind the hydrant at all times when operating. Never stand in from of the hydrant caps.
- Only use the City supplied hydrant wrench to open and close hydrant.
- Slowly open the hydrant FULLY by turning the operating nut counter clockwise. A hissing noise will be heard, this is air escaping from the hydrant. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE HYDRANT IN THE OPEN POSITION. This may result in damage to the hydrant.
- Slowly open the gate valve slightly to allow any remaining air to escape, and then close the gate valve.
- Attach the short hose to the gate valve. Attach the other end of the hose to the inlet side of the BMA or MA.
- Attach customer hose to the discharge side of the BMA or MA.
- Only use the supplied gate valve to control water flow. Hydrant must always be fully open or fully closed. DO NOT THROTTLE HYDRANT.
- Slowly close the hydrant by turning the operating nut clockwise. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE HYDRANT IN THE CLOSED POSITION
- Always open and close hydrant and gate valve slowly to prevent water hammer.
- Hydrant must be in a closed position at all times when unattended (Gate valve, hose and BMA/MA removed and cap replaced hand tight plus a quarter turn with hydrant wrench – Do not over tighten) At no time is a hydrant to be left unattended, pressurized and accessible to the public.
- If any problems occur during operation please contact Operations.