WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The last step to becoming an Eagle Scout is a community service project and the one Taylor Lind came up with saved the taxpayers of Washington Township money. In the future, it could also help save lives and property.
There are about 120 fire hydrants on the Washington Township Municipal Authority water system and they all looked alike until Lind, 17, assisted by other members of the Fairview Ward Varsity Boy Scouts Troop, color-coded about half of them by water pressure.
"The fire hydrants in commercial areas, like Wal-Mart, have water pressure of 1,500 to 2,000 gallons a minute," Lind said. In other areas, the flow from hydrants is as low as 250 gallons a minute, he said.
"They'll know immediately what the pressure is," Lind said.
When firefighters arrive at a fire, the caps of the hydrants, painted light blue, green, yellow, red and orange, tell them what the flow of the hydrant is, he said.