At Monday night’s water board meeting the board took action to change the color of all of Chariton’s fire hydrants from red to yellow to make them easier to spot on the street. The board said that the color yellow is now the standard for all fire hydrants in the State of Iowa.

Waterworks will also color code the caps of each hydrant according to the amount of flow each one produces.

Hull said after the meeting that color coating the caps according to flow amount will greatly assist fire departments that come in to town to provide Chariton with mutual aid for fires.

During the discussion before the motion was approved, Water Superintendent Brad Robbins said he felt that the hydrants would be easier to see at night and would stand out a little more if they were a different color.

Robbins also said that past water boards in Chariton were against changing the color of the fire hydrants and wanted to keep them all Chariton red.

“I grew up in Chariton and I never correlated the color of the fire hydrants with school colors,” commented board member Jamie Aulwes.

Read the May 16, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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