Did you know that taking water from a fire hydrant is illegal?

Fire hydrants are a fairly recognizable feature in our neighbourhoods and they serve a very important function when it comes to keeping our communities safe. Hydrants are used to put out fires and are connected to the city’s drinking water supply. Only licensed and trained City staff or firefighters are allowed to operate them.

Connecting to a fire hydrant to collect water is illegal. Doing so can cause a number of unintended consequences:

  • reduction in water pressure
  • damage to the hydrant and watermains
  • additional cost to the residents for repairs
  • fines and penalties for those involved in the illegal connection
  • possible contamination to the drinking water system

Water can be purchased in bulk at one of four City-owned water-filling stations:

  1. 2250 Teston Rd.
  2. 2800 Rutherford Rd. (seasonal)
  3. 4630 Langstaff Rd.
  4. 8020 Dufferin St (seasonal)

Pre-paid cash cards are required and can be purchased at the Joint Operations Centre located at 2800 Rutherford Rd.

The City is committed to providing safe and clean drinking water to all citizens and businesses, and will investigate incidents of water theft from fire hydrants. To report illegal connections, please call the City of Vaughan Environmental Services department at 905-832-2281.

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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