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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Adopt a Hydrant

Red fire hydrant

In the time it takes to locate and dig out a snow-covered hydrant, a small fire can turn into a major fire. 

Firefighters rely on community volunteers to keep hydrants easily accessible throughout the winter. Police Chief Troy Kelsay says: “I am privileged to work in a community that is a great example of much that is good about small-town Iowa. Residents are proud of their neighborhoods and look out for their neighbors. Adopting a fire hydrant is a simple way to keep your home and neighbors safe and it is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet beauty of an Iowa snowfall. It could also be a good, fun community-service learning experience for your kids.”

Residents can adopt a hydrant anywhere in University Heights: simply keep a 3-foot radius around the hydrant and an access path to the street cleared of snow this winter.

To adopt a fire hydrant (or two), email Officer Brian Brinkema, or call 319-356-6800 and request that Officer Brinkema contact you regarding adopting a hydrant.

University Heights Hydrant Map (PDF)
University Heights Hydrant Map



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