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.

Click the logo to vote for your favorite hydrant!


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 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, The Classic Center, and select Certified Blue locations, including Ben & Jerry's, Cine, Hendershot's, Gyro Wrap, Kumquat Mae, and Beef O' Brady's,  

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.

Vote for your Favorite Hydrant, Win Prizes for Artists

Vote for your favorite hydrant and earn the artist prizes!  From the unveiling of the hydrants in October through February 2017, visitors to the downtown area may vote on their favorite hydrant.  Pick up a ballot and map anytime at the Water Business Office at 124 E. Hancock Ave.  Ballots/maps are in a dispenser outside the front door.  Grab a ballot, visit the hydrants, then drop the completed ballot in the WBO bill pay box. Voting is also available online.

Favorite hydrants and artists will be revealed in March 2017.  The top three artists earn fabulous prizes!  

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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