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Fall Branch to gain new fire hydrants

A partnership with the City of Kingsport will add two fire hydrants on Fordtown Road in Fall Branch.
County commissioners approved the $5,000 appropriation in new money during their Feb. 23 meeting on recommendation from the Public Safety and Budget committees.
Washington County will pay for the materials, and the City of Kingsport will install the hydrants at no additional cost.
“It’s a help to us, and a help to the homeowner,” said Jim Dawson of the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department in reference to the annual opportunity to request hydrants.
According to Dawson, the residential area around Fordtown Road has built up over the last five years.
“It’s on the City of Kingsport water and when the line was run, no hydrants were installed,” he said.
“The closest one is at the intersection with Haws Crossroads.”
The size of the water line is another consideration when installing a new hydrant.
“The state mandates a 6-inch line or greater,” Dawson said. “This one is 8 inches and leads from the (Kingsport) pump station to the Fall branch community.”
The fire hydrants on Fordtown Road are expected to be in operation within the next six weeks.
Dawson said the Oak Glen section of Fall Branch is another area in need of hydrants, but the 4-inch line would not meet state requirements.
While the Fall Branch VFD installed a 10,000-gallon underground water tank in the Oak Glen area last year, more water is needed.
“We’re getting ready to install a dry hydrant off of a spring-fed pond that a resident on Poteat Lane is allowing us to use,” Dawson said.