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Keep Hydrants Visible During Snow Storms

Silver and green hydrant being dug out of heavy snow.

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District continually asks local consumers to keep an eye out for any fire hydrants that may become buried as a result of a snow storm. At times, the snow may blanket many of the District’s 582 plus fire hydrants, making it nearly impossible to locate them quickly in emergency situations. In the event of a fire, precious time is lost when firefighters have to locate and shovel out fire hydrants. We ask consumers to keep fire hydrants closest to your residence or business clear of snow, with an approximate radius of 3-feet around each hydrant. Consumers should also be extremely careful and aware of vehicle traffic when shoveling snow.