Because of that, many people rely on private water wells, even though many have sewer service from Warren County.
Hannigan said fire trucks first arrived with about 1,000 gallons of water, but once that it was expended, crews have to wait for more to arrive. He said that by the end of the incident, they had used about 12,000 to 13,000 gallons of water available in tankers from several fire departments lined up on Castlebrook Drive.
But the system took about 30 minutes to set up, he said.
During the fire, Franklin Twp. called for mutual aid from surrounding fire departments in Butler, Warren, and Montgomery counties, particularly tanker trucks to go to the city of Franklin or to Poasttown School in adjacent Madison Twp. for additional water resupplies. He said many of the tanker trucks came from the rural areas in eastern Warren County and western Butler County.
Chris Brausch, Warren County Water and Sewer Department director, said he met with Franklin Twp. officials Wednesday night and discussed an option of putting in an emergency raw water line from its nearby water treatment plant to Franklin-Trenton Road to the road and install a truck valve where firefighters can access water quicker from their tankers. The county water treatment plant, located off Franklin-Trenton Road, is about a mile from where the fire occurred.
However, he said the township will have to determine how this will be funded.
“It’s not a silver bullet but it’s a start,” Brausch said. “Every little bit helps.”
He said the trustees expressed interest in possibly locating a couple other similar lines and valves to other areas without hydrants.
Brausch said there were 1,300 county sewer customers with private wells in Franklin Twp. An estimated 70 percent of the homes in the village of Carlisle are also on private wells.
Township Administrator Traci Stivers met with Warren County zoning officials Thursday to discuss more enforcement of zoning regulations to address setbacks and space between houses to prevent future fires spreading from house to house due to close proximity.