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Color of Publicly Owned Fire Hydrants Changing from Red to Yellow

Last updated Jun. 10, 2016 - 2:16 pm
Yellow Fire Hydrant

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department maintains over 22,000 fire hydrants within its service area, which includes Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon. Within the city limits of Raleigh, all public hydrants are currently painted red. In other communities, such as Garner, Wake Forest and Wendell, public hydrants are painted yellow, which follows recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The City of Raleigh Fire Department and the Public Utilities Department agree that the Raleigh public hydrant color should be changed to yellow in accordance with NFPA guidelines.

In an effort to join a nationwide standardization, city crews will begin painting public hydrants yellow. There will be a grace period to allow previously permitted projects to install red hydrants and to allow local supply houses to exhaust current inventory. This transition includes the repainting of existing hydrants which will take several years and will be managed by the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Operations Maintenance Program.

What Do the Different Fire Hydrant Colors Mean?

Publicly owned fire hydrants, which are hydrants owned by the City of Raleigh, will be painted yellow.

Privately owned hydrants (not owned by the City of Raleigh) should be painted red. An example of a privately owned hydrant would be a hydrant in a shopping center.

The Public Utilities Department Water Distribution Division provides maintenance and repair services on over 2,355 miles of water mains, 22,000 fire hydrants and 61,000 valves within the service area. They perform emergency repair and replacement of public hydrants and annual flushing of the water distribution system.


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