Detroit has a broken system of fire hydrants — and it's a problem

by

comment
Over at Motor City Muckraker, reporter Steve Neavling is chest-deep in his yearlong examination of Detroit's beleaguered fire department. Besides already finding the Detroit Fire Department dramatically underreported the total number of arsons in the city last year to the FBI, Neavling published an insightful overview today of something many have likely never considered: Detroit's broken fire hydrants and the problems they've caused.

While city officials said only 70 of Detroit's 30,000 hydrants are broken, Neavling discovered nearly 300 as part of his two-month investigation. The result? Mayor Mike Duggan plans to change things up.



The Duggan administration insisted it had no idea the problem was so widespread and pledged to waste no time correcting it.

“The Mayor has directed DWSD and the Fire Department, along with CIO Beth Niblock, to build a web-based reporting system that will track hydrant inspections, work orders and the status of repairs that can be updated dynamically,” mayoral spokesman John Roach told me. “The system will also allow the public to report broken hydrants.”



Check out the full report here
 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.