Removal of hydrant markers: As part of the ongoing COVID-19 response, fire hydrant markers will not be removed for spring/summer 2021 in order to prioritize essential hydrant maintenance activities.
The City of Ottawa maintains more than 23,000 fire hydrants, ensuring they are in operation for firefighters in the event of a fire.
If a fire hydrant is located on your property, you are responsible for ensuring nothing obstructs access to the hydrant, as per Ottawa's Water By-law, as amended. Ensure vegetation around or near the hydrant does not impede access (e.g. landscaping, shrubs, trees, etc.).
If you spot a damaged or leaking hydrant, please call 3-1-1.
Keep fire hydrants clear of snow
We encourage you to be a hydrant hero this winter and keep your local hydrant clear of snow. Clearing 1.5 metres around a hydrant maintains access for our firefighters and helps them keep you, your family and your community safe.
Contractors are reminded to not pile snow over or against hydrants when clearing pathways and driveways in the winter.
If you are unable to clear the hydrant on your property, please call 3-1-1.
Receive your Hydrant Hero certificate!
Send a photo of your cleared hydrant to email@example.com and receive your Hydrant Hero certificate. Students can also request confirmation of your community involvement hours.
Snow Go and Snow Go Assist Programs
The Snow Go and Snow Go Assist Programs provide a matching service and financial assistance to eligible seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.