Reference to Sections - 18.104.22.168 , 22.214.171.124.1 , FIGURE A.7.3.1(a) & (b) of NFPA 24 regarding 'a valve shall be installed on each hydrant'.
Reader understand that "Hydrants" referred in NFPA 24 are basically Dry hydrants or hydrants in freezing area. Hence a valve is required (SHALL) to be installed on a hydrant connection to the main with self draining facility.
However, if the hydrants are wet barrel type , in non freezing area and Independent valves ( 65mm) are installed as per Section - 126.96.36.199 at the hose outlets then the above referred control valve ( on Section 188.8.131.52 ) is it required?
Even though individual hydrant maintenance is possible by installing the above valve, more valves in a system means more chances of leaks, maintenance issues and is not cost effective in a system contains over 100 hydrants.
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