Fire Hydrants in the Winter


Some residents have approached me this week regarding fire hydrant maintenance in winter conditions.


Maintaining the accessibility of fire hydrants is a shared effort on behalf of both residents and the City of Ottawa. Residents should avoid piling snow over their hydrants whenever possible as encouraged by the City’s Water Bylaw. That said, the City does its best to maintain the more than 22,000 fire hydrants across the City as quickly as possible after each snowfall. Residents can always call 3-1-1 or email if they spot a snow-covered hydrant that they feel in inaccessible and the City will do its best to clear it.