According to a recent CBS 2 report, Long Beach is in the midst of a widespread revamp of its current fire hydrants.
According to the report, more than 100 of the completely redesigned hydrants, made with stainless steel and rust-proof composite metals, have already been installed, stretching from the Long Beach boardwalk to the train station.
The new hydrants, which can only be opened with a specially-designed wrench, were created by New York City firefighter George Sigelakis, who was frustrated that the old hydrants wouldn’t always open and didn’t always have enough water pressure. The new hydrants are supposed to be more reliable in bad weather and are expected to save money and lives, according to the report.
Long Beach has qualified for Federal Emergency Management Administration grants, which are expected to help fund the revamp. The City Council has been in talks to replace the current fire hydrants since 2012.