Compagnie Génénerale des Conduites D'Eau
Liège, Belgium

The "Compagnie Génénerale des Conduites D'Eau" was formed in 1865 with a focus on the construction of pipelines and exploitation of water and gas. They were manufacturers of cast iron products, and had foundries and forges and many shops. The company was founded in Liège, Belgium and was the precursor of Pont-a-Mousson, now St.Gobain Pipelines.

The 1905 Compagnie Génénerale des Conduites D'Eau catalog lists many types of cast iron pipe, valves, public water fountains and fire hydrants. The company mainly made underground type hydrants, but did produce the above ground hydrants shown below.

The hydrant shown here was popular in Brussels, and thought to be from the 1950s or 1960s.

Photo courtesy Patrick Zweep

The Type # 9 hydrant had two operating rods, one connected to the nut atop the bonnet for fire hydrant operation, the other connected to a lever for public use as a water source. Their is a spout on the opposite side, not shown, for drawing water by the public.

The hydrant stood about 4 feet 2 inches tall and had fluting on the barrel and bonnet, with ornate flourishes at the base and around the nozzles.

This drawing shows the ornate flower petal detail surrounding the single fire hydrant nozzle.

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