Unauthorized Use of Fire Hydrants

City staff have observed a large increase in the unauthorized private use of City of Kalamazoo fire hydrants.

Some residents are taking it upon themselves to open fire hydrants.  Please note that opening and closing fire hydrants can cause serious injury to the individual performing the unauthorized act, as well as individuals and traffic in the immediate area of the hydrant.  Improper opening and closing of hydrants can also cause underground pipes to break, which disrupts water service to many customers.

Public Services staff are working closely with Department of Public Safety staff to help control the number of fire hydrants that are open.  Your cooperation is not only appreciated but necessary to help stop improper use of hydrants.  Please call (269) 337-8148 to report any open fire hydrants in your area.  We need your help in keeping safe and reliable water flowing throughout the City.

Please note that there is a water park located on Florence near Burrell for all citizens to use and the Kik Pool at Upjohn Park is expected to open later this month. The following fire hydrants will also be open during hot weather today from 1:00 p.m. to dusk by City staff:

  • Back end of Interfaith (building 1038) far NW corner
  • Burrell and Lawrence
  • Krom and Clay
  • Washington and March
  • Sherwood at Roosevelt Apartments
  • Clarence and Jackson
  • Hays Park and March

If you would like to request a fire hydrant be opened during warm weather, please contact the Public Services Department at (269) 337-8148. When possible staff will coordinate with residents so that this can be done safely without harm to people, property, or the water system.

City staff appreciate your help in safeguarding our infrastructure and avoiding unnecessary and costly repairs.

James J. Baker, PE
Public Services Director