Introduction to Adopt-A-Hydrant

Adopt-A-Hydrant can be used to operate hydrant adoption programs that allow volunteers to adopt hydrants and keep them free from obstructions like snow or vegetation.

Heavy snowfall, or tall grass and shrubs, make fire hydrants difficult to locate quickly. While routine hydrant maintenance ensures hydrants are more accessible, the sheer volume of hydrants in a community makes it difficult to ensure every hydrant is accessible during the summer and winter months.

Many communities have implemented hydrant adoption programs to mitigate these risks. These programs help fire departments, and water utilities, keep hydrants clear of snow and vegetation. Adopt-A-Hydrant programs leverage volunteers to regularly remove these obstructions around hydrants. In some cases, volunteers may be asked to check on an adopted hydrant after a snowstorm or during the summer months when grass and shrubs grow quickly. This simple action can impact the time it takes firefighters to access a hydrant during an emergency.

The Adopt-A-Hydrant solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you enlist community volunteers to clear obstructions around hydrants, manage program participants, and monitor the performance of the adoption program.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Adopt-A-Hydrant requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Hub Premium
  • ArcGIS Survey123 Connect

Information products

Adopt-A-Hydrant includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type


An ArcGIS Hub site used by the general public to learn how they get involved in the Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Not required


An ArcGIS Dashboards app used by volunteers to adopt hydrants and report that they are clear of obstructions like snow or debris.

Community Identity

Adopt-A-Hydrant Dashboard

An ArcGIS Dashboards app used by volunteer coordinators to track effectiveness of the Adopt-A-Hydrant program.


Adopt-A-Hydrant Manager

A Crowdsource Manager app used by volunteer coordinators to review volunteer applications and update hydrant adoption details.


Fire Hydrant Viewer

An ArcGIS Media Map app used by the general public to view hydrants and their adoption status.

Not required

Fire Hydrant Volunteer Application

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by the general public to express interest in the Adopt-A-Hydrant program.

Community Identity

Fire Hydrant Volunteer Notebook

An ArcGIS Notebooks app used to grant approved volunteers access to the Adopt-A-Hydrant program.


When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

1.0 (Jun 2023)
  • First release of Adopt-A-Hydrant