The City of Bowie Public Works Department performs fire hydrant flushing and testing in areas served by city water twice a year. The exact schedule will be posted here before each flush. Typically the spring flush is in late March, and the fall flush begins in late September. They usually take about four to five weeks.
Learn more about the Hydrant Flushing process and why we flush the pipes by watching this video produced in Spring 2019.
Some discoloration of your water may occur, and while the water is safe to use, clothes washing is discouraged. If your clothes become discolored, keep them wet and re-wash them using a rust remover. Rust remover will be available at no cost from City Hall or Public Works. The water is safe for drinking and bathing even though it may be discolored.
The discoloration is a result of rust and sediment build up in the water lines and is not harmful. The discoloration should clear in approximately 24 hours. However, since the water mains are all interconnected, flushing of hydrants in adjacent sections could affect your water as well.
For more information or questions about hydrant flushing, please contact Ashley Mullikin by phone (301-809-2344) or email.