THE BRONX - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responding to an audit released by the city comptroller that found it took weeks to repair broken fire hydrants in The Bronx.

The audit stated that it took an average of 19.5 days for broken fire hydrants in The Bronx to be fixed. The citywide average is 18 days.

The DEP said "when hydrants are inoperative, DEP works closely with the FDNY to ensure that there is an adequate supply of water to fight fires and keep the public safe."

In the 2009 fiscal year, more than 2,700 fire hydrants in The Bronx had a work order placed on them.