Water district bags rural fire hydrants

Source: Adrian Whitsett, KETV, April 2, 2014

Firefighters in Plattsmouth are fired up about water after a private company put trash bags over hydrants. Millard announces superintendent pick Hydrants shut down along Highway 66 could mean up to a 12-mile trip to fill up for Plattsmouth volunteers. “It’s going to require more manpower, different equipment and may take more than just our department. We’ll have to have mutual aid,” said Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Wilson. … Water district manager Glen Van Westen said the is water for farms and homes, not fires. Van Westen worries that pumping water from what he calls “flush valves” could destroy the system. “Their worry is that the fire trucks will collapse the water main, which would cause damage to the supply,” said Wilson. But Wilson said they’re not pumping water. He told the Rural Fire Board Wednesday that the hydrant is made for fires, not flushing….