Fire Up the Hydrants

Help us Fire Up the Hydrants! 

The Hydrants are Fired Up

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.

Vote for your favorite hydrant using our online ballot!

See the Hydrants, Take the H2.0 Water Walk

The selected hydrants form a 2-mile route when walked in a specific order.  Follow this course and you have taken what we call the H2.0 Water Walk.  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, 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:

Artists to Paint Hydrants

Tonya Allen
Lillian Hammond Sams
Maggie Baxter
Jill Lenoci
Marc Beechuk
David Lunde
Sofy Bertioli (with Hope Hilton)
Megan Reeves
Emily Bilcik Dan Smith
Jamie Calkin Sheridan Soileau
Christopher Charette Lily Swindle
Sarah Cook Ellen Walker
Ashley Crain
Katie Yost
Jennifer Zwirn
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