Fire Hydrant Meters

Fire Hydrant Users are required to comply with the City of Brighton Municipal Code Section 15-36 which requires backflow protection to be in place for all water taken from hydrants served by the City of Brighton Utilities Department.

Fire Hydrant Users include, but are not restricted to, special events, filling commercial swimming pools, commercial street sweeping activities, hydroseeding, paving, construction, dust control, pressure washing, and sewer flushing. 

Hydrant Meter Permit Application
Backflow Requirements: 

  • A backflow device is always needed whenever water is being used/metered from a fire hydrant. You can use your own backflow device or rent the city’s. The City has a limited number of backflow devices available for rent on a “first come-first served” basis.
  • The backflow assembly must be a Reduced Pressure Principle Backflow Prevention Assembly (RP).
  • The device must be tested upon installation by a Certified Backflow Tester. Backflow assembly devices are required to be tested every year. Testing is also required if the assembly is moved to a different location or repaired.
  • Test results must be forwarded to the City of Brighton Utilities Maintenance Division by fax at 303-655-2085 or email at within 24 hours of installation
  • The user agrees to keep the backflow device adequately supported.
  • Applicants will be billed for damage to fire hydrants, water meters, backflow devices, or other water system property, plus labor, caused by the use of the hydrant meter.
  • Upon discovery of backflow preventer malfunction, the permit holder is required to notify the Utilities Department immediately. Failure to do so may result in revocation of hydrant permit
  • The backflow device installation may be waived as long as a certified air gap is place at all times. This air gap separation must be checked by Utilities Department personnel.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 303-655-2068. We thank you for your cooperation and for keeping our drinking water safe.