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The illegal operation of fire hydrants is dangerous and can result in breaks and the malfunction of the hydrant when needed for fire emergencies. Keep neighborhoods safe; report open hydrants to 617-989-7000.

Hydrant Meter Permits

Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) Hydrant Meter Permits are available for construction purposes. The rental charge for a 90 day period is $50.00. Water usage is additional. It is also subject to sewer charge if the water returns to the sewer system. A deposit of $750.00 is required for the permit.

BWSC’s meter must be returned to BWSC at the end of the 90-day period for reading and billing purposes. If the customer requires extended use of the hydrant meter, a new permit can be issued for an additional 90 days with another deposit of $750.00. To obtain a Hydrant Meter Permit, or for more information, please contact BWSC’s Metering Department at 617-989-7138.

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