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21.24.020 Fire Hydrants.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 180917, 181715 and 189256, effective December 21, 2018.)  It is unlawful for any person to operate, alter, change, remove, disconnect, connect with, or interfere in any manner with any fire hydrant owned or used by the City without first obtaining written permission from the Portland Water Bureau.  Penalties for unauthorized use of a fire hydrant are set in the annual water rate ordinance.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to Portland Fire & Rescue of the City.

Public fire hydrants are available for use of the Fire Department in the suppression of fire within the City.  No other use of public hydrants shall be allowed except as provided in this Section and in Section 21.12.090 “Permit for Temporary Service," and 21.12.100 “Annual Fire Hydrant Permit.”  The Portland Water Bureau may permit short-term use of specified hydrants for activities such as tree spraying, street cleaning, ditch settling, building demolition, and related uses at the discretion of the Administrator, however, in each instance, a permit is required.  A Temporary Permit may be issued by the Portland Water Bureau for a period not to exceed 90 days, and an Annual Permit shall be issued for one year.  Upon application the permittee must present a Chapman type (slow closing) gate valve to the Portland Water Bureau to be tagged with a valid permit listing applicant's name, expiration date, and authorized locations.  The permittee shall be responsible for compliance with all city, state, and federal rules, regulations, and guidelines regarding the proper use and disposal of water.  Rates and charges for usage will be specified in the annual water rate ordinance.   Backflow protection shall be required on all potential hazards to the public water supply as determined by the Administrator or Chief Engineer.

All fire hydrants connected to the Portland Water Bureau's water system within the City and within the public right-of-way or an approved easement are the responsibility of the Portland Water Bureau for installation and maintenance.  Any hydrant connected to the system outside the City must be installed at the petitioner's expense, but shall be maintained by the Portland Water Bureau.  The petitioner shall be required to pay all expenses for additional hydrant installations to meet requirements of Portland Fire & Rescue and in all instances the Chief Engineer shall have final review and approval authority. 

The Portland Water Bureau may elect to allow a contractor to install to Portland Water Bureau standards, fire hydrants as part of the contractor’s Subdivision under Section 21.08.020 “Distribution Main Extensions Inside the City.”  The developer must install these hydrants at their own expense and transfer ownership to the Portland Water Bureau at such time as the main and appurtenances are accepted by the Portland Water Bureau to become part of the City system.