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Three Reasons Alberta Municipalties Use EJ Fire Hydrants

 EJ fire hydrants are lightweight and easy for field operators to maintain.

EJ fire hydrants are lightweight and easy for field operators to maintain.

Typical fire codes require all hydrants to be operated and inspected annually. This requires city crews to test and repair hundreds of hydrants every year. EJ hydrants make this work faster and less expensive.

Municipalities in Alberta are adding EJ to their list of approved hydrants because of these three points:

  1. Light, Easy to Move
    Made from ductile iron instead of heavy cast iron, EJ hydrants can easily be disassembled and moved around by one person.
  2. Fewer Parts Inside
    Do you know many parts are out there in a typical hydrant?  Between 80 and 120 parts!  EJ’s simplified hydrant design uses less than 40 parts. This means that the hydrants are easier to learn and repair and maintenance jobs are faster and less complex.
  3. Simpler Inventory
    Only 40 parts to purchase, inventory and store in city public works depots and trucks. Managing hydrants that only use 40 parts is a lot easier than hydrants that use 80 to 120 parts.

EJ and Martech can reduce your hydrant workload. Is your town or city facing challenges with hydrant testing and maintenance?

Secure And Safe Infrastructure Access Covers

Innovative infrastructure access solutions from EJ enhance safety and security

 To work on the infrastructure inside this manhole, crews have to lift this heavy access cover casting out of its seat and drop it on the ground. To reinstall, the worker has to lift the heavy casting up over 24" to get the cover back into its seat.

To work on the infrastructure inside this manhole, crews have to lift this heavy access cover casting out of its seat and drop it on the ground. To reinstall, the worker has to lift the heavy casting up over 24" to get the cover back into its seat.

 This patented design by EJ includes a pivoting stainless steel rod, which provides cover lift and rotation with minimal effort. The cover glides to the side, remaining fixed to the frame. Operators no longer need to risk strain or injury by awkwardly hoisting heavy covers when opening or closing the unit.

This patented design by EJ includes a pivoting stainless steel rod, which provides cover lift and rotation with minimal effort. The cover glides to the side, remaining fixed to the frame. Operators no longer need to risk strain or injury by awkwardly hoisting heavy covers when opening or closing the unit.

While out for an evening stroll in a local park with my wife, I noticed our local utility had installed raised manhole barrels to prevent surcharging during flood events from the nearby river. The attached photograph shows that the utility is concerned about security of the system, and has gone to some lengths to secure the casting.

This type of installation presents utility maintenance crews with an additional challenge: What do maintenance workers do with the cover when it is removed, and how do they reinstall the cover? Removal will mean taking the cover off of the structure then using a lift assist device (or second worker) to put the cover back in place.

An access cover that won’t break your back or smash your toes

EJ has developed the innovative Revolution® access cover assembly to addresses the problems of infrastructure security and worker safety. The Revolution® cover is permanently and securely mounted to the casting frame. Unlock, lift and easily swing sideways to safely open the cover.  Gravity and friction hold the cover open while maintenance work is underway. When work is completed, the Revolution® cover is simply swung back into place on its permanent sealed seat, and secured with EON bolts or optional padlocks. Simply stated, “A Walk In The Park”.

Your next steps:

  1. Download the Revolution® one-page data sheet and review the product description and photos.
  2. Contact Martech to learn more about the Revolution® and other innovative EJ infrastructure solutions.