Alexandria’s Hydrants Get Colorful TLC

People who like to give are giving their best to keep Alexandria’s fire hydrants in the red.

Fire hydrants are built to last for decades.  After a while, though, like the disc jockeys on KIK FM, they start to show their age.

Alexandria Light & Power is responsible for maintaining the city’s fire hydrants.  Megan Chisholm, marketing and communications director for ALP, came up with a plan. In 2018 Megan thought, “Let’s see if some not-for-profit Alexandria groups might be interested in creating 1,265 masterpieces.”  They were.  So, organizations like the Elks Lodge, the Rotary Club, the Jaycees, the Boy Scouts and churches were handed a brush and paint and told, “Go for it.”

Cliff and Pat, Alexandria Rotary Club

This “payment for service” by ALP is a lot cheaper than hiring professional painters.

The groups get a map indicating where to find their targets.

The number can vary.  For example, this year the Rotarians are painting about 60.  They receive $20 per hydrant.

What a great project…the Alexandria Fire Department, ALP, the painters, and your neighbor’s dog…everybody’s a winner!

ALP keeps an eye on the fire hydrants.  It’s quite a number.  How many?  If you had 1,265 in the pool, you’re a winner!  If you want to go buy your own hydrant, be ready to shell out $3,500.  Not including a second coat of paint.

If your non-profit is interested in this fund-raiser, contact Megan.


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