A Franklin flower stand is using a fire hydrant to water thousands of plants that are for sale at their business.
A customer shopping at the Flower Basket located on the corner of Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory Lane took pictures and video of the set up and sent them to News 2 to get answers.
News 2 first contacted the city of Franklin who said the hydrant is not on the city water system; instead it is on the Mallory Valley Utility District’s water system.
The district’s executive director told News 2 by email that the hook up is a temporary water meter issued by the MVUD. The business paid a deposit and will be billed each month for the water that is used.
“The picture you sent is of our temporary water meter device and it is correctly attached to the fire hydrant,” Executive Director of the MVUD Jenny Clarke said. “Customers who require temporary water service pay a fee and complete an application and are then issued a temporary water meter device which is attached to a fire hydrant.”
The Flower Basket’s owner said he was surprised someone questioned whether his utility hook up was legal.
“If I was going to steal water, I don’t think I would be doing it on the corner of Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory Lane,” Jim McCloud said.
The Flower Basket opened at the end of April and will remain in operation through Memorial Day weekend.
A portion of the money from sales of the plants is going to be donated to Centennial High School, according to McCloud.
“Everybody knows it is there. It is a normal process. I think a lot of contractors and a lot of other operations do it like this,” he said.
News 2 found another hydrant at a construction site using the same set up.
The MVUD told News 2 they have a total of 17 temporary water meters currently in use on the utility’s water system.
McCloud also owns the Santa Christmas tree lots.