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Water Management (General) Regulation 2018
Current version for 7 February 2020 to date (accessed 10 April 2020 at 06:58)
Part 9 Division 3 Subdivision 4
Subdivision 4 Fire hydrants
137   Installation of fire hydrants
(1)  A water supply authority must install fire hydrants in its water mains at such convenient distances, and at such places, as are necessary for the ready supply of water to control and extinguish fires.
(2)  Subclause (1) does not apply—
(a)  so as to require fire hydrants to be installed in any water main that is less than 100 millimetres in diameter, or
(b)  so as to require fire hydrants to be installed if the water supply system is not sufficient for the operation of fire hydrants,
in which case the water supply authority may provide other means for the ready supply of water to control and extinguish fires.
(3)  A water supply authority may, at the request and expense of the owner or occupier of any building, install a fire hydrant for use for controlling or extinguishing fires in or in the vicinity of the building.
(4)  A water supply authority may remove any fire hydrant referred to in subclause (1) if it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the hydrant is no longer needed.
138   Maintenance of fire hydrants
A water supply authority must ensure that all fire hydrants installed by it are maintained in effective working order.
139   Supply of water to fire hydrants
(1)  A water supply authority must at all times keep charged with water any water main or pipe supplying water to a fire hydrant installed by it, unless prevented from doing so—
(a)  by drought or other emergency, or
(b)  while necessary repairs to the water main, pipe or hydrant are being carried out.
(2)  A water supply authority is not required to comply with subclause (1) in respect of a pipe supplying water to a fire hydrant if—
(a)  the pipe is a water transfer pipe that is not in continuous operation, and
(b)  the water supply authority has given notice in writing to the relevant fire authority for the location concerned of the fact that the fire hydrant might not be operable because the pipe supplying water to the fire hydrant is not in continuous operation.
(3)  In this clause, the relevant fire authority for a location is—
(a)  in the case of a location within a fire district constituted under the Fire Brigades Act 1989—the Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, or
(b)  in the case of a location within a rural fire district constituted under the Rural Fires Act 1997—the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
140   Use of fire hydrants by authorised persons
Any person authorised to do so by the water supply authority may take water from a fire hydrant, without charge, for the purpose of controlling or extinguishing fires.