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Turn on the Pump

By Michael N. Ciampo During the warm summer months, water in many neighborhoods becomes everyone's friend. Whether you live close to the beach or in a residential neighborhood, you had better expect a call to a drowning or some type of injury from a water activity—just a routine call for a "typical" summer for many departments. Unfortunately, in some urban areas, the water games can become a nuisance and dangerous and hinder our operations. It's not uncommon to find numerous hydrants (often referred to as "pumps") open and spewing like water cannons, especially when a person places a six-inch-long piece of PVC pipe over the 21⁄2-inch discharge and blasts an unsuspectin...

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