Plateau hydrant fountains removed

The specially-designed fire hydrant drinking fountains installed with much fanfare in the Plateau Mont Royal district earlier this month have been removed.

The circular "Borneo" fountains purchased at a cost of $5000 did not win the favour of the Montreal Fire Department.

The Fire Department says it gave the fountains conditional approval for a trial run but decided to withdraw its support of the pilot project when it saw the devices in action.

It says it is now evaluating some alternatives and will have a recommendation for the borough by Friday.

Some Plateau residents complained about the two circular pipes constantly leaking water. Others complained that due to their size, the fountains posed a hazard to cyclists.

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  1. DM posted on 07/23/2014 09:13 AM
    Typical Montreal incompetence.
  2. Enzo posted on 07/23/2014 10:17 AM
    I never saw one of these things so I have no direct knowledge of whether or not they were hazardous. But I find it ironic that they were deemed a hazard to cyclists.

    I point out that the hydrants are on the SIDEWALK!!!!!!!!!!!! If the cyclists are riding where they should, in other words NOT on the sidewalk, these hydrants/drinking fountains would not be a hazard to them
  3. JohnH- posted on 07/23/2014 10:21 AM
    Ah' Yes, yet another brilliant debacle from King Ferrandez. Just think what could have been done with the $5000.00. Blocking a couple more streets. Installing more "NO PARKING SIGNS". Using the money for snow removal on the weekends. Oh' I forgot it never snows on the weekends in the Plateau. Maybe he could donate the money to another failing business. I wonder what colour the sky is in President Ferrandez's world?
  4. sam posted on 07/23/2014 10:23 AM
    Now , if only the Plateau Mt. Royal borough could reestablish safe traffic flow on artificially impeded arteries like St. Urbain so that emergency vehicles are no longer stuck in "traffic calmed" congestion, and reduce double parking on Boul. St. Laurent, we'd be safer, and the sirens wouldn't have to wail in vain quite so much as they now have to.
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