CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money and the city of Cape Coral is budgeting millions of dollars in the name of safety. There is concern that if a fire breaks out, there may not be enough water pressure to put out the flames in the future.
City leaders say now is the time to act to make sure you and your home are safe.
The city says Cape Coral continues to grow, and for that reason, officials are worried there will not be enough irrigation water pressure to fight future fires.
To douse the problem, crews are converting some irrigation pipes to larger potable water pipes, adding new hydrants for more power and reliability.
"Our utilities department partnered with our fire department and identified several areas that were multi-family or commercial properties. In looking where you want to replace the pipe, you want to hit those high profile areas," said Cape Coral business manager Mike Ilczyszyn.
Karl Meisenbach's neighborhood off Hancock Creek Boulevard was the first. It was put to the test just last week, where WINK News cameras captured a brush fire.
"Safer I guess, if it works it's a good thing," he said.
"You'll be able to tell if a systems been upgraded based on the color of the fire hydrant. A fire hydrant on irrigation water is purple. While a hydrant on the new potable system is yellow.
The city has budgeted $500,000 ever year for the next 5 years.
"$500,000? That's probably fair, if it's going to make everything better," Meisenbach said.
City leaders need to figure out where the next pipe conversion will take place.
The city tells WINK News current hydrants attached to irrigation water are working just fine right now. It's simply planning ahead.