Hydrant Flushing

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. 

Spring 2021 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Hydrant flushing will take place in areas served by Bowie Water, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., according to the schedule below:

DatesNeighborhoods
April 5 & 6Buckingham, Derbyshire, & Forest Dr.
April 7 & 8Somerset & Bowie Forest
April 9 & 12Tulip Grove
April 13 & 14Foxhill & Long Ridge
April 15, 16 & 19Kenilworth
April 20Heather Hills
April 21, 22 & 23Meadowbrook
April 26Grady's Walk & Glenridge
April 27Chapel Forge
April 28Victoria Heights & Racetrack Rd. Townhomes
April 29Idlewild
April 30Yorktown & Overbrook
May 3Whitehall
May 4
Rockledge

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 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.

Additional Information

For more information or questions about hydrant flushing, please contact Ashley Mullikin by phone (301-809-2344) or email.

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.



Water Discoloration


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.

Additional Information


For more information or questions about hydrant flushing, please contact Ashley Mullikin by phone (301-809-2344) or email.