Westmont Adopt-A-Hydrant program returns


The Westmont Fire Department, Public Works Department and Westmont First Committee announced that they will continue the Westmont Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Westmont has over 3,000 hydrants, and the Adopt-A-Hydrant program helps the fire department keep the community safe by making sure hydrants are visible and accessible. The goals of the program are safety, aesthetics, pride and creativity, according to the village. Residents can help the fire department by keeping hydrants snow-free during the winter, installing year-round safety flags, and keeping hydrants clean and freshly painted. This program allows citizens an opportunity to step forward and assist the community safety effort.

Residents and businesses can get involved in a variety of ways, according to the village.

The community safety adoption is no charge, and requires residents to agree to keep their adopted hydrant snow-free during the winter and overgrowth-free during the summer. A community safety adoption plus safety flag costs $10, in addition to keeping hydrants snow-free during the winter and overgrowth-free during the summer. Individuals can also sponsor a safety flag for their adopted hydrant – to be installed by public works.

In addition to keeping hydrants accessible and sponsoring a safety flag, a $50 neighborhood pride adoption allows residents to design artwork and paint their adopted hydrant. Designs can include up to seven colors and must be approved by the village.

Corporate level adoption starts at $75 and includes working with a local school or organization regarding artwork for the hydrant, coordinating maintenance to keep the hydrant visible and accessible, and sponsoring a safety flag for the adopted hydrant.

All hydrant adoptions are good for three years. Participants are asked to renew their adoption, including adoption fees, annually and help keep hydrants in good condition, touching up with paint as needed and free of snow in the winter.

All neighborhood pride and corporate level adoptions will be automatically entered in the Adopt-A-Hydrant contest. Contestants will be judged on creativity, theme and artistic expression. First place receives $100 in area business gift certificates, second place gets $50 in gift certificates, and third place takes home $25 in gift certificates.

For information about the Westmont Adopt-A-Hydrant program, contact Melissa Brendle at mbrendle@westmont.il.gov or call 630-981-6270.

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