Hydrant Flushing

The City of Bowie Public Works Department performs fire hydrant flushing and testing in areas served by City water twice a year. Typically the spring flush is in late March/early April, and the fall flush begins in late September. It usually take about four to five weeks to complete the full schedule.

Spring 2023 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Hydrant flushing will begin on Monday, April 3, 2023 and will take place Monday through Friday from approximately 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in accordance with the following schedule: 

Spring 2023 Hydrant Flushing Schedule
APRIL 3 & 4Buckingham, Derbyshire & Forest Drive
APRIL 5, 6 & 7Somerset & Bowie Forest                      
APRIL 10 & 11Tulip Grove
APRIL 12 & 13Foxhill & Long Ridge
APRIL 17, 18 & 19Kenilworth
APRIL 20Heather Hills
APRIL 24, 25 & 26Meadowbrook
APRIL 27Gradys Walk & Glenridge
APRIL 28Chapel Forge
MAY 1Victoria Heights & Race Track Rd Townhouses
MAY 2Idlewild
MAY 3Yorktown & Overbrook
MAY 8, 9 & 10Whitehall & Rockledge

Printable Copy of Spring 2023 Hydrant Flushing Schedule (PDF) 

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Learn more about the Hydrant Flushing process and why we flush the pipes by watching this video produced in Spring 2019.

Water Discoloration

Some discoloration of your water may occur and 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 and Public Works offices. 

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. Since the City water mains are all interconnected, flushing of hydrants in adjacent sections could affect your water as well.

Additional Information

For more information or questions about hydrant flushing, please contact Public Works by phone 301-809-2344 or email.