Firefighting News: Aging Water Lines Hinder NC Firefighters

Firefighters in the North Carolina community of Swannanoa are struggling with the subdivision's old water system. Mineral build-up and leaks in the four-inch metal pipes have decreased water pressure and volume to the point that some fire hydrants barely function, according to the Citizen-Times ( That means local firefighters have to haul thousands of gallons of water to emergency calls--which can mean longer times until fires are under control or extinguished, further endangering life and property. The Asheville Water Resources Department has proposed a $2.5M water line replacement project. Read more on the situation at For more on water...

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