Missouri American Water Begins Work to Paint Hydrants in Maryland Heights

Missouri American Water has begun work to paint fire hydrants in Maryland Heights.

The company has contracted with Whitehead Brothers LLC to paint roughly 400 hydrants in and around Maryland Heights installed prior to 1970.

The hydrant painting process involves sandblasting the hydrants to remove old paint, painting the hydrant with a primer, which is white, and then returning days later to apply a fresh coat of paint to the hydrant.

A lot of people dont realize that the hydrant cap color directly corresponds to the main size and therefore we cannot customize hydrants, said Bethany Jenkins, operations supervisor for Missouri American Water. Residents might notice white hydrants, but they shouldnt worry, theyre not being vandalized, this is just an Infrastructure Improvement project.

Local fire protection districts and public works department have been notified. This project began earlier this week and should continue over the next couple of months.

Missouri American Water

Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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