Salem Installing Post Hydrants
Salem, Mass., which has had Lowery flush hydrants only, is now installing post hydrants as an experiment, and twenty or more have already been placed on new water mains and a dozen or more will be placed shortly. After the conflagration of June 25 the water department commenced to consider the hydrant question. The flush hydrant prevented a number of engines from out-of-town at the conflagration from connecting until chucks were obtained, as only Salem, outside of Boston, has flush hydrants in any important number. As the old style Lowery hydrants, of which there are over 500 in the city, will give the most water under the present low water pressure system, the new post hydrants have been sandwiched in between the others, so that in the congested districts the fire department will not be handicapped. To cover the city properly a considerable number more post hydrants will be needed than at present. The new hydrants will be tested out in the next year or so and then the authorities will get together and decide which style or styles of post hydrants will be adopted. Then the city will install them in place of flush hydrants. Behind all this, however, is the high pressure water system, which it is expected Salem wilt have within a few years at the outside, as the consensus of opinion of the people and authorities is that it is badly needed. Efforts are being made to so standardize things that Salem’s fire and water departments will correspond with those of other cities.