They tend to reside at street corners. But they can also be found at intervals on the long winding roads of subdivisions.
They stand quiet. They make a good place for a walker to retie a shoe. You hardly notice them some days.
In my neighborhood they are painted yellow and wear bright caps. Through the years I have seen them silver, green, and red. For a period of times the citizens released artistic talent and painted them as patriotic or comic book characters.
Don’t mess with them! They have an important duty! Ensuring a supply of water when it is most needed for safety.