Addressing Our Fire Hydrant Maintenance: A Step Forward

Addressing Our Fire Hydrant Maintenance: A Step Forward

Dear Winter Springs Community,

I want to address the recent concerns regarding our city’s fire hydrants. The discovery of broken hydrants, especially during an emergency, is unsettling. I share your concerns and am fully committed to resolving these issues promptly.

We’ve learned that some hydrants haven’t been serviced as regularly as required, which was brought to light during a recent house fire on Cypress Lane. I assure you, actions are being taken. The City Commission has approved over $153,000 to inspect all 1,200 fire hydrants in Winter Springs. This process, while extensive, is crucial for our safety and will take three to five months to complete.

In the interim, Seminole County Fire Department will deploy water tankers to all fire calls within Winter Springs. This measure, though temporary, ensures our community remains protected.

The oversight of our fire hydrants dates back to 2021, a lapse in communication and action that cannot continue. As your commissioner, I advocate for transparency, efficiency, and, most importantly, the safety of our residents. We are working closely with Seminole County to expedite inspections and repairs.

This situation has also sparked a broader conversation about our city’s infrastructure and the necessity for diligent oversight. It’s a reminder of the importance of preventive maintenance and the need for a proactive approach to citywide safety measures.

As we move forward, I will ensure we not only address the current hydrant issues but also improve our systems to prevent similar incidents. Your safety is my top priority, and I am here to listen and respond to your concerns.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this together. I welcome your thoughts and encourage you to reach out with any concerns or suggestions.

Warm regards,

Victoria Bruce

City Commissioner, Winter Springs

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