Amador Fire Protection District | 810 Court Street | Jackson, CA 95642

Fire Hydrants and Tanks

Fire HydrantThe Amador County Water Agency (AWA)  provides  water, wastewater and storm drain services to Amador County.  Serving approximately 10,000 customers  in Amador County today, the Agency is the primary provider of drinking water. In addition  the Agency manages and service’s over 1205 fire hydrants through out the  cities of Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Amador City and several special districts.

Each hydrant or fire valve or access to water shall be identified as follows:

A.    If located along a road or driveway, a reflective blue marker, with a minimum dimension of three inches, shall be mounted on a fire retardant post.  The post shall be within three feet of said hydrant/fire valve, with the marker no less than three feet or greater than five feet above the ground and visible from the road; or

B.    As specified in the State Fire Marshal’s Guidelines for Fire Hydrant Markings Along State Highways and Freeways, May 1988 (California Department of Transportation, Traffic Manual, Chapter 6-03.4 “Location Markers–Fire Hydrants”).  (Ord. 1734 §2(part), 2014).

Amador Water Agency
12800 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, California
Office Hours Mon – Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


IMG_7630Amador Fire Protection District, Sutter Creek Fire Protection District and other county fire crews are testing the AWA-owned hydrants, opening and closing the valves, checking the water pressure, and making sure that firefighters can access each hydrant in the event of a fire. Brush, dirt or rocks occasionally must be cleared away from hydrants on Amador County’s back roads so fire personnel can quickly get their wrenches on the equipment.

AWA next goal is to get every AWA fire hydrant painted yellow for visibility and consistency throughout the county. Community volunteers including homeowners and road associations, and the Amador City maintenance department have begun painting hydrants in their areas. AWA provides paint and brushes. Anyone interested in helping out in their neighborhood should call the number below.

You will need to come in or call the office for authorization and fee payment to pull water from a metered hydrant.  Unauthorized use of a fire hydrant is illegal and considered water theft and is a misdemeanor under state law for which the offender may be prosecuted under California Penal Code Section 625.   If you see someone drawing water from a hydrant, please notify the office immediately.

Amador Water Agency 209-223-3018 

Residential Water Tanks 

Are you wanting to have a water tank on your property in case of a fire emergency?  Perhaps have specific questions? Click on the link below. If you have any questions feel free to call us directly at 209-223-6391 or email our Deputy Fire Marshal Pat Chew at

Residential Water Tank Handout