Put a Cap On It

by NYC Water –  on Medium

This is a spray cap

We get it. NYC can be a hot, sweltering, concrete jungle.

While it may be tempting to cool yourself off by opening a nearby fire hydrant, illegally opened hydrants can release more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute, which can lower local water pressure and hinder the efforts of firefighters.

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Spray cap in action

The good news is hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap, which release only 20 to 25 gallons per minute. Adults 18 and over can get a City-approved spray cap, free of charge, at local firehouses.

If you observe a running fire hydrant, or are experiencing low or no water pressure, notify NYC 311.

Source: Put a Cap On It – NYC Water – Medium