‘Private hydrant’ releases unknown amount of water in Valencia

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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Firefighters were dispatched to the Valencia Industrial Center Wednesday morning for what was initially reported as a sheared hydrant.

At 9:36 a.m., Los Angeles County firefighters from Fire Station 126 responded to a release of water on the 27400 block of Avenue Scott, about 600 feet south of Heritage Park.

“(SCV) Water responded to shut off the water at 9:49 a.m.,” Fire Department Supervisor Cheryl Sims said.

The release of water came from a “private hydrant” said Mike Alvord, director of operations and maintenance for the SCV Water Agency.

“Private fire hydrants are connected through our system through a backflow and are not metered,” he said.

“Just like a public hydrant is not metered and similar to residential side leaks, we do not always hear about private side water leaks, including hit hydrants.”

It was unclear how much water had been wasted at the Valencia location.

The breach comes on the heels of more than 120,000 gallons of water wasted Tuesday as the result of a hydrant sheared off in Newhall and a service line broken later in the day.

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