This article was on the front page of the Friday Aug. 24 edition.
More information about the water supply evaluation for Fire insurance ratings: http://www.isomitigation.com/ppc/3000/ppc3010.htmlNearly a fourth of U.S. families face ... protection inadequacies .... because they live in extended suburban or rural locations with no hydrants, says Lori Moore-Merrell, an operations analyst with the International Association of Fire Fighters.
"Municipalities and county governments are finding with this far-flung development it costs a lot to extend the basic infrastructure," says Anthony Flint, public affairs director of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Hydrants, which are recommended every 1,000 feet, cost about $1,200 apiece, according to Jim Smalley of the National Fire Protection Association.
Proximity to hydrants and fire stations has always been important to homeowners because it influences insurance rates.
Did not want to bump year old threads.
Must be a current problem if it made the front page of USA TODAY ?
In my fair county the developers are required to extend water service and place hydrants. There is some cost sharing on pump stations.