In order to connect this together, a hole is required, to get at the water main concealed under the street and lawn (and yucca plant). Some preparatory work had already been done but a new hole was needed. Digging the hole reveals the hidden utilities, labeled for your convenience.The electric, phone and cable lines in this neighborhood are above ground and run in between everyone's back yards. The sewer main is on the other side of the street. So we have here the sewer line to the nearby house, the water main with the line for the fire plug and the gas line. It amazes me that the gas line is only 18-24 inches below the surface. You really do need to "call before you dig"!
I imagine this work will draw to a close before long, the shiny new fire hydrant installed, the hole filled, and the street and lawn repaired. We never notice this stuff until it breaks or needs replacing--life will just go on here on this block, people having water running in the house, the waste flushed away, and free flowing natural gas for heating and cooking.
Now this here is important stuff, not some of that other stuff our politicians like to fuss about.