The dry hydrant system, installed near Buck Hill Road, was created through a contribution of the property owner, members of Wardsboro Fire and Rescue, and the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force. Money was allocated by the Vermont Legislature to fund the program, which is designed to better rural water supply.
According to Wardsboro Fire and Rescue, a dry hydrant is created using an existing pond or, as in this case, creating a new pond as a water supply source. Underground piping six to eight inches in diameter is placed leading to a hydrant head, which provides the mechanism to facilitate rapid water supply and resupply in the event of a fire. Wardsboro Fire and Rescue estimates the Townshend Dam Road pond will hold approximately 340,000 gallons of water.
Anyone with questions regarding development a rural water supply in their area should contact their local fire department. Additional information can be obtained from the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force at 802-828-4582, or at www.nvtrcd.org/vtrfptf.html