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
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.
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: