Four New Hanover County communities are getting more than 30 fire hydrants as a result of a partnership between the county’s fire services and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
The hydrants, to be installed on existing water lines, will serve the communities of Barnard’s Landing, Silva Terra and Silver Lake. According to a release, the project will cost an estimated $145,000, to be funded through county fire tax receipts.
Fire tax funds are also being used to supplement funding for additional hydrants along Bald Eagle Lane in the Porters Neck area. The fire service tax district has contributed $256,000 toward the total cost of a waterline extension project there to support the hydrants’ installation, according to the release.
The hydrants for Barnard’s Landing, Silva Terra and Silver Lake are expected to be operational by October. The release includes comments from New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall, who noted the challenge of fighting fires when hydrants are at a distance.
“The installation of these hydrants will increase our operational efficiency with greater access to water and by reducing the number of resources committed to fire-related responses,” Hall said.