WOONSOCKET, RI – It’s no wonder so many people want the city to repaint the fire hydrants in front of their houses – they look like crusty old relics from a shipwreck.
“Some of them haven’t been repainted for a decade, maybe more,” says Public Works Director Steve D’Agostino. “Some of them are 80 years old. They’re deteriorating.”
And oh, that salmon-like shade of pinkish-orange paint that’s flaking off some of the rusty hydrants? The color used to be fire-engine red. It looks the way it does because rust is seeping into the paint.
“It’s oxidized,” said D’Agostino.