Morris Fire Department Sink "Dry
Hydrant" in Lake Hattie
On June 25th several members of the Morris Fire Department
and workers from Jim Riley and Son's Construction sank
a "Dry Hydrant" in east shore of Lake Hattie
which is approximately 4 miles south of Alberta. The exact
location is 555th Avenue and 260th St.
The main purpose of the "Dry Hydrant" is to
have a ready rural resource for unlimited amounts of water
for fire fighting needs. This 'Dry Hydrant" is located
in the Western Central area of Stevens County and will
be a "water supply source" for local Fire Departments
from Morris, Chokio and Donnelly that can be utilized
when they need water in the immediate area. This will
save hauling water longer distances by Tanker Trucks.
Cory Jergenson digs
n 80' trench approximately 12' deep from the shoreline
to where the riser pipe will be placed.
The term "Dry Hydrant" means that the water
supply to the outlet is not "under static pressure"
like conventional Water Hydrants. The water in the "Dry
hydrant" is at a static level equal to the water
level of the lake. The static water level in the pipe
is below the frost line so the "Dry Hydrant"
could be utilized in the winter too.
Firemen in the boat remove the covering
over the end of the screen on the pipe, the pipe fills
with water and sinks to the bottom of the lake and the
To take water from the lake a "Pumper Truck"
is needed to draft the water up through the "Dry
Hydrant. The water is then transferred through the pumper
truck into tanker trucks waiting to be filled. It is estimated
that the amount of water drafted would be approximately
1,000 - 1,500 gallons per minute, depending upon the size
of the Pumper Truck. Most Tanker Trucks could be filled
using this method in 3-5 minutes depending on the receiving
trucks inlet system.
The "Dry Hydrant" pipe is 6" PVC. It extends
approximately 60' from the shore out into the lake. The
end of the pipe is in about 5' of water. Another 80' of
pipe was needed to get from the shoreline to the riser.
Approximately 140' of pipe was sunk into the lake and
buried under the shoreline and lake bank.
With the pipe sunk, the vertical riser
is in place and now the trench is ready to be back-filled.
This is the second "Dry Hydrant" project in
the County that the Morris Fire Department has installed.
The other is on the south side of Pommede Terre Lake that
will serve the North-East Central area of the County.
The residents in these rural areas can feel good knowing
that they have a lakes supply of water for fire fighting
if ever needed!
Members of the Morris Fire Department
pose at the completion of the project, showing the pumper
truck hooked up to the standpipe.
L-R; Kurt Asmus, Trent Einechner, Jerry Lesmeister, Kirk
Riley, Joe Udelhofen, Dwain Schmidt, Doug Storck and Excavator
operator Corey Jergenson
These "Dry Hydrants" are for Fire Department
use only. Any other use is prohibited.
Matching funds Grant was provided by Minnesota DNR. Other
funding was supplied by the City of Morris, Morris Fire
Dept., City of Alberta, Chokio Fire Dept., Scott &
Synnes Townships. Special thanks go to Fire Chief Doug
Storck for applying for the grant and coordinating the
project & Dean Schmidt from the USDA for his help
in permitting and engineering.