SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough is looking for guardians to take care of over 200 fire hydrants throughout town.
The community service project, Adopt a Fire Hydrant. was developed and deployed by Somerville Troop 84 Eagle Scout candidate Shanmukha Akkapeddi.
Mirrored after a similar Adopt a Hydrant program in Boston, MA, the Somerville program allows for the on-line adoption of one of the borough's fire hydrants..
The link is http://www.somervillenjadoptahydrant.com
Somerville fire fighters are required to shovel out snow around fire hydrants, and pick weeds during the summer time, but additional vigilance is needed from residents. Hydrants need to be deemed "usable" at all times in case of an emergency.
Following a snowfall, those who adopt a hydrant are asked to shovel a 3-by-3 foot clearing around the hydrant and to shovel a path going to the road, so that it is easily accessible. Keep overgrown weeds off the hydrant during spring, summer and fall.
Contact the Somerville Department of Fire Safety if there is anything physically wrong with the hydrant.