NAPLES, Fla - The City of Naples and local contractors are breathing a sigh of relief. That's because as of May 1, 2013 they are no longer forced to comply with a state law about how much water flows through fire hydrants.
The change means the city won't have to spend $40 million to expand water pipes, but it also means many fire hydrants still don't produce enough water and therefore don't meet code.
City leaders are asking taxpayers to pitch in for a $6 million project over the next three years to replace the pipes in Royal Harbor where the water flow is the worst.
"I think all the standards should be kept up because we all pay our taxes and the taxes aren't different if the flow lower than it should be," says Barbara Monahan, a resident of Royal Harbor.
Terry Forshier, the president of the Royal Harbor Home Owners Association says, "I don't really know what the answer is. Just adding a larger pipe may or may not solve the problem."
City Manager Bill Moss says they will present the project to city council in June. If approved, utility tax money from all Naples residents would pay for the repairs.