Fire Up the Hydrants

The wait is over!  20 fire hydrants in downtown Athens were transformed into functional, life-saving, creative pieces of art to help celebrate 80 years of drinking water delivery service from the JG Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant. 

The water that flows from these hydrants is our best defense against house fires.  Most of us don't think about how vital water is to our economy, health, environment, and fire safety.  By putting a spotlight on the hydrants, we hope to draw attention to the value of water for years to come.

You can take a quick look at the hydrants with our interactive map .  This gives you a taste of what you will see on the tour, but definitely doesn't take the place of seeing them in person.  The hydrants are 3-D, with amazing details in the round.

Thank you for your votes for favorite hydrant! We will announce the winner during a Tappy Hour event March 22 at Creature Comforts

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See the Hydrants, Take the H2.0 Water Walk



The selected hydrants form a 2-mile route when walked in a specific order.  Print this map to take what we call the H2.0 Water Walk.  Or use your phone to follow the route on our interactive map.  As you travel, take a moment to think about how essential water is to everything we do.  We depend on water to grow our food, keep businesses open, clean our homes, and put out fires.  

Feeling energetic?  Walk the route twice!  In doing so, you have covered 4-miles.  This is the average distance people in developing countries walk every day to gather their water for daily use.  

Pick up a brochure at the Athens Downtown Development Authority office, the Water Business Customer Center, Athens Welcome Center, or The Classic Center.  

Do you have a good eye?  Take the Fire Up the Hydrants I Spy Challenge!  Print the challenge and take it with you on the H2.0 Water Walk.  Match the close-up image with the correct hydrant.

Tappy Hour Celebration March 22 at Creature ComfortsVote for your Favorite Hydrant, Win Prizes for Artists


Ballots have been cast and votes are counted for your favorite hydrant designs.  On March 22 we will reveal the top three vote-grabbing hydrants during a special Tappy Hour event at Creature Comforts Brewery.   Artists will win gift certificates ($125, $100, $75) from the Downtown Athens Business Association good for downtown Athens businesses.   

All are invited to attend the Tappy Hour event from 5:30 - 7:00.  It is free to the public.  Sampling of Creature Comforts beverages (all made possible with water!) is available for $12 when you mention you are there for Tappy Hour.  March 22 is also World Water Day and falls during the EPA WaterSense's Fix-a-Leak Week.  To further the celebration, we will have samples of various water, toilet tablets, refreshments, and games.  Make sure to visit inside the brewery to see a few of our Fire Up the Hydrants artwork on display. 

Artists Fire Up the Hydrants!



A big THANK YOU to all of the talented artists who fired up our hydrants.  This project would not have been possible without the talent and time provided by the following:

But there is more!



Test your H2knOledge about hydrants with our quick 
"Water You Know About Fire Hydrants?" Quiz.

Want to see more hydrants painted in other communities?  Visit our "Fire Up the Hydrants" Pinterest board to see more painted hydrants with pinner Lily Anne Phibian.
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