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Fire hydrants a concern in Bellaire

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 12:48 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – After three fires within a span of three weeks, Bellaire residents are concerned about whether the town's fire hydrants are being regularly inspected and tested and fear their house could be next.
Bellaire Village Administrator Dan Marling says there is validity in these concerns to a certain extent.
"We’re concerned about using additional water to test the hydrants because of the condition of the water system," he said.
Marling says there are days when the Ohio River is up and the village has plenty of water, but other days, the village has to be in conservation mode.
"We're waiting for our intake situation to be resolved before we can do a full-fledged hydrant testing and the flushing of the hydrants,” Marling said. “We're looking forward to that being concluded sometime, hopefully, in 2014."
So far this year, the village has replaced five fire hydrants. And officials have purchased three more, which Marling says will hopefully be in place by the end of this year.
"We still know that we have several hydrants in town that need replaced,” he said. “We're continuously looking for funding to do that. As soon as the village feels comfortable with the current water situation, then we will begin our process with the flushing of the hydrants."
And Marling says the village has applied for a grant to do an emergency hookup with the county.

Fire hydrants a concern in Bellaire

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