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Published August 31, 2012, 10:22 AM

Yellow hydrants popping up around Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fire hydrants in Fargo are red, but you may have noticed a new color of hydrants around town. New yellow ones are making sure the city has plenty of water, but also could help fight fires.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fire hydrants in Fargo are red, but you may have noticed a new color of hydrants around town. New yellow ones are making sure the city has plenty of water, but also could help fight fires.

Right now the Fargo Fire Department uses red hydrants, but now they can use water from these yellow hydrants as back up.

Leroy Skarloken – Assistant Fargo Fire Chief: “They are not hooked into any kind of a grid system like the rest of the fire hydrants are; they are just a direct line from the water treatment plant to the Deer Creek ground water reservoir.”

Assistant Fargo Fire Chief Leroy Skarloken says the backup supply of water will be very beneficial for the department. These yellow hydrants are connected to a new water main flushing system that is now a second source of water.

The system can hold 5.5 million gallons of water. The new reservoir and pipeline was created because of the growth south of town, to make sure there is enough water for the entire city.

Leroy Skarloken: “Out in that new, new areas and stuff, it's basically the same as a water tower, a water tower acts to increase pressure and stuff in an area that's far, a long ways from a water treatment plant, so this is the same thing, only it's a ground level tank instead of a water tower.”

Most of the hydrants are located on South University. The hydrants can be used like any other hydrant.

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