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Committee Substitute House Bill 2421 History

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HB2421 SUB
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 2421

(By Delegates Staggers, Perry, Shaver, Rodighiero, Moye, Swartzmiller, Martin, Argento, Crosier, D. Poling, Manypenny )

(Originating in the Judiciary.)


[March 4 , 2008]


A Bill to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-19-22, relating to distinguishing between operable and inoperable fire hydrant; notification of inoperable hydrants; painting inoperable fire hydrants black.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-19-22, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 19. MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY WATER WORKS AND ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS.

§8-19-22. Identification requirement for fire hydrants that are inoperable or unavailable for use in emergency
situations.
(a) The water system provided shall immediately notify emergency services dispatching center of any fire hydrant that is out of service upon the hydrant being returned to service the provider shall immediately notify the dispatching center.
(b) The owner or operator of any device having the appearance of a fire hydrant that is located in a place that an entity responsible for providing fire suppression services in a fire emergency would expect a fire hydrant to typically be located shall paint the device black if the device is inoperable or otherwise unavailable for use by the entity providing fire suppression services in a fire emergency. The owner or operator may place a black tarp over the device instead of painting the device black as required under this section if the device is temporarily inoperable, or temporarily unavailable for use in a fire emergency, for a period not to exceed fourteen days.
(c) For the purposes of this section the word "inoperable" means a fire hydrant that does not produce water flow when activates.

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