POSTED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 10:19am
UPDATED: Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 12:38pm
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — On Tuesday, April 2, Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court approved the installation of "filling stations" in new subdivisions.
The Planning Department, Hidalgo County Fire Marshal's Office, Emergency Management and North Alamo Water Supply Corporation presented the proposal to the commissioners. It would require all new subdivisions developed outside city limits to install "filling stations" on the property.
"Filling stations" are described as fire hydrants, but they will be painted black which is a signification of a "filling station" connected to a privatized water supply.
During a fire emergency, firefighters would be able to access the water from the filling station, instead of having to go into the city and fill up from a city fire hydrant. This would drastically cut their response time, improving the safety and welfare of Hidalgo County residents.
Presently, the filling stations are being installed in NAWSC areas of Precinct 1 and Precinct 2. The Planning Department is reaching out and working with other water companies in Hidalgo County to implement this requirement in future subdivisions in their areas as well.