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      Fire departments say water shortage not an issue

      In Albany, you'll see a hydrant about every 1000 feet, but outside of the city, they rely more on wells for water supply.

      / Cody Long


      After a Moultrie couple's house burned down to the ground Wednesday night and the nearest fire hydrant was several miles away, we asked local fire officials if lack of water is a problem.

      The couple claimed the Colquitt County Fire Department showed up to their burning home with little water.

      "We have what we call pumping stations...and what are called dry hydrant areas," Colquitt EMA Director Russell Moody said. "A dry hydrant is at a pond that already has pipes in the pond and we hook trucks up to and draft water out of."

      Moody says they have a lot of those pumping stations scattered across the county, but Moody says most people aren't familiar with what it looks like.

      He says that despite not having hydrants along the streets in his county, it doesn't slow the response time.

      In Albany, you'll see a hydrant about every 1000 feet, but outside of the city, they rely more on wells for water supply.

      "We have an excellent water source. the city of Albany's water department is one of the best in the state so inside the city limits , it's rare that we ever have any issues with water if everything functions correctly," Albany Fire Chief James Carswell said.

      Carswell says even in Dougherty County, there are areas where there is no water for fire protection and so they shuttle the water.

      "Each one of our trucks carries a thousand gallons of water in the tank and we still pride ourselves to be very aggressive so we try to get in there and put the water on the fire and put it out quickly so we minimize the need for water," Carswell said.

      Officials in each county say they have there different ways of putting out fires.

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