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Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Water Department employee Pat Wears applies a coat of primer to a fire hydrant on Main Street to prepare it for a new coat of paint. Fire hydrants in Groveport will receive a fresh coat of yellow paint as well as new, modern Storz hydrant adapter nozzles purchased by the city of Groveport. According to city of Groveport officials, the Storz Installation Project started along Main Street this year. The Storz hydrant adapter enables firefighters to connect a fire hose to hydrants in seconds. Groveport Water Department workers are cleaning and painting the hydrants and then installing the Storz adapters. The fire hydrants in Groveport have been painted yellow for many years because yellow is more visible. Wears said the Madison Township Fire Department selects the paint color for the hydrants. Many decades ago the fire hydrants in town were painted red. Wears also remembers when the hydrants were painted red, white, and blue and included patriotic images during the United States’ bicentennial year in 1976.

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