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.”