We recently saw this great "letter to the editor" of The Herald Tribune (Fall River, MA) from Raymond J. Raposa, executive director of the New England Water Works Association.
"During Fire Prevention Week this week, I would like to remind the public about the critical but often overlooked role that local water suppliers — and the systems that deliver them — play in fighting fires and protecting public safety.
A well-maintained water system that delivers reliable supplies at a high pressure and volume can mean the difference between a small, manageable fire and a raging inferno.
In addition, a community’s ability to provide sufficient water for fire protection heavily influences new-home construction, business-location decisions, and residential and commercial insurance rates.
To protect communities from the ever-present threat of fires, reinvestment in local water infrastructure is imperative so life-saving water can flow around the clock from a source of supply, through a network of underground pipes, to the corner hydrant.
To further bolster fire prevention, I also encourage local communities to support the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative by urging homeowners to install fire sprinklers when building or remodeling, and by adopting home fire sprinkler ordinances.
At this time, I also join water utilities throughout New England in saluting our region’s firefighters for their courageous, dedicated and selfless public service."