The weather is warming up but D.C. reminds residents not to cool down by opening fire hydrants.
"Only trained personnel with specialized tools should open them" said D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins. "Tampering with a hydrant can damage the hydrant, the nozzle and the underground pipes in the water distribution system."
"Opening a hydrant illegally can lower the water pressure and seriously affect our ability to fight fires" said Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe."
Tampering with a hydrant in the District is a crime subject to a $100 fine if convicted.
Community groups hosting large outdoor events may request the D.C. Water misting tent.