#openimpact — Adopt-a-Hydrant

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(this is one of the projects of the #openimpact shortlist)

Adopt-a-hydrant allows citizens to claim responsibility for shoveling out fire hydrants after heavy snowfall. In the midst of winter snowstorms, buried hydrants cause dangerous delays for fire fighters. But having City of Boston employees check and clear thousands of hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process. Adopt-a-Hydrant lets governments look to community members for help. This map-based web app allows individuals, small businesses and community organizations to volunteer in shoveling out specific hydrants.

Story

What does it do? Allows citizens to claim responsibility for shoveling out fire hydrants after heavy snowfall.
Outcome Hydrants are easily accessible in case of a fire.
Project page adoptahydrant.org
Organizations Code for America
Contact persons Erik Michaels-Ober
Media accuweather.comcnn.com

 

Tech

Source code github.com
Data used Geolocation of fire hydrants
Tech stack Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL

 

Replication

Replications Adopt a Hydrant (Northampton, PA), Adopt a Siren (Honolulu), Adopt a Drain (Oakland, CA)
License See here
Maintenance costs/month tbd
First steps 1. Check which spots/things need to be adopted in your community
2. Collect geolocation data
3. Fork the code
Interested in replicating this project? Join our DataLook #openimpact Slack channel or hit us up on Twitter.
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