CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American Water is repainting more than 5,700 fire hydrants in 11 counties.The $240,000 systemwide fire hydrant painting project will improve the visibility and appearance of the hydrants, company President Jeff McIntyre said Friday in a news release."While solely cosmetic in nature, this project is important to our customers because it will increase the visibility of fire hydrants for quick identification by fire departments during emergency situations," McIntyre said."It also improves the overall appearance of the only prevalent water infrastructure visible above the ground, which should give our customers confidence that we are also taking care of and investing in the much larger percentage of our water infrastructure that is buried beneath the ground."
Workers started painting fire hydrants in Kanawha and Putnam counties last week. Next they will repaint fire hydrants in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Fayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Mercer, Summers and Webster counties.The water company asks drivers to use caution while workers paint the fire hydrants since many are next to streets.West Virginia American Water checks each of its more than 9,000 fire hydrants every year to make sure it works, according to the company.