D.C. Hydrants and Homeland Security
Nearly six years and hundreds of millions of dollars in homeland security "investment" after Sept. 11, 2001, and evidently the nation's capital is uncertain about the working condition of its fire hydrants ["More D.C Fire Hydrants May Be Broken," front page, May 24]. Homemade bombs being the current weapon of choice among terrorists, one would imagine that functioning hydrants would be a first priority in the war against this threat. Evidently that is an incorrect assumption.
D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) reportedly was surprised that the city doesn't even have a tally (much less a systematic inventory) of its hydrants. Speaking of the fire department and the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, Mr. Mendelson remarked: "It's clear, when you get down to it, they don't know what's going on."
These are encouraging words, but for our enemies. For those of us who want to put confidence in our government, this observation offers serious cause for concern.