EPA blocking repair/installation of fire hydrants

In an unbelievable bit of hysteria about lead pollution, the EPA has just blocked pretty much all installations/repairs of fire hydrants? Why? Because they have a small amount of lead in their composition.

Now this would be almost, almost, just barely, defensible if there was real concern of significant amounts of lead going into the primary water mains but that’s not the issue.

They’re worried that… someone might turn on the hydrant and drink from it. Ok, in a worst case scenario there might be, might be, an annoying amount (to the EPA) of lead in the water that’s been sitting in the hydrant, namely the first couple of gallons. But if anyone’s drinking from a hydrant it’s been running for hours and thousands of gallons have washed through it.

So the fire departments have to sit back and seal up any broken units, and have to waste precious minutes and resources tapping into the next one down the block. People’s lives and properties at stake, for no good reason whatsoever.

More info here.

5 responses to “EPA blocking repair/installation of fire hydrants

  1. So, have they measured lead in any of these at levels that would cause harm to someone who had 8oz of water?

  2. The EPA just hates people. Or are incredibly stupid. Or both.

  3. Bob, the EPA considers any amount of lead dangerous. PPB, PPT, doesn’t matter. So sitting in front of your computer is deadly, as there may be some airborne lead from the solder on the circuits inside. Same for any electronic device. And shutting down all power plants won’t help, at least until we all die. Then we’ll be safe. (Rc -> I’ll vote for stupid)

  4. Certain people seem to have no appreciation for total risk. Thankfully the TCEQ is a bit more sane than the EPA. The AMA sent a request to the TCEQ to shut down coal power plants in the state (proudly, with my family objecting). The TCEQ’s response was not only that it was a knee-jerk reaction, but also that shutting down power plants would cause blackouts and brownouts, which are deadly to those in need, those who need streetlights, and those approaching intersections.


  5. Millions of water meters are housed in brass alloy casting of C844 which has a lead content of 6-8%. The measuring chambers are made with CA836, which has 4-6% lead. Yet, we somehow survive!

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