Berryville Hydrants Get Makeover

Beginning the week of July 22, Town crews will be painting the town’s fire hydrant bonnets and outlet caps to conform to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 291. Painting will be completed by the end of August.

The new paint schemes will provide emergency responders with information that will assist them as they establish a water supply at an incident. Hydrant barrels will be painted silver and reflective material placed in the bonnet paint to improve hydrant visibility. The color scheme for the hydrants is based on NFPA best practices that indicte the rate of flow available at various locations for fire-fighting purposes, classification of hydrants in accordance with their rated capacities, and color coding of hydrants to indicate their class

Berryville hydrant bonnets will be painted in the following fashion according to their flow rate:

Green bonnet  hydrant  – provides between 1,000-1,499 g.p.m.

Orange bonnet  hydrant – provides between 500-999 g.p.m.

Red bonnet  hydrant – provides less than 500 g.p.m. (Barrel will remain red.)

Hydrant outlet caps will also be painted in the following fashion according to their available water pressure:

Orange cap: 50-120 p.s.i.

Red cap: below 50 p.s.i.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank those individuals in the community who assist local emergency responders by keeping the area around fire hydrants clear of grass and weeds during the spring and summer and of snow during the winter,” Berryville government said in a town webpage posting. “Your help is invaluable. Thank you and please keep up the good work.”



  1. Clarke County Annie says:

    Instant visual information for firefighters!

    Something so simple as color coding makes you wonder why it took so long. Way to go NFPA and Town of Berryville for stepping up and following thru!

    • doubleedge says:

      Being an old time volunterr firefighter I remeber the color code from the 1960’s. NFPA set that standard decades ago. I believe local jurisdictions had the option of either adopting or not. I am sure they have tweeked the standard since then but it has basically been around a very long time.

  2. Blossom Butt says:

    I guess that means the ones that were painted red, white and blue, with stars, will be painted over; after the Town let Jeff Levy change them?