NOFD and Auburn Water work to install more hydrants

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 02:15 PM.

Regardless of the selections, homeowners always have the option of paying for their own hydrants, which can assist firefighters during emergencies.

Although the cost of the hydrant and the necessary parts would cost between $2,500 and $3000, its presence would lower homeowner's insurance premiums.

"We've heard (of) people saving as much as a thousand a year," Cutler said.

A homeowner's association or group of neighbors could self-fund the hydrant if one household alone can't afford the cost.

A higher number of hydrants in an area correlates with an improved Insurance Service Office rating. Property insurance companies use ISO ratings, based on several factors, to set premiums.

"Fifty percent is based on the fire department, meaning the number of firefighters, fire stations and equipment," Cutler said.

ISO ratings also factor in the water system and its dispatch.

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