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 2022 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The City of Bowie will begin the semi-annual fire hydrant flushing and testing program in areas served by City water.

Hydrant flushing will begin on Monday, April 4, 2022 and will take place Monday through Friday from approximately 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in accordance with the following schedule: 

APRIL 4 & 5Buckingham, Derbyshire, & Forest Drive
APRIL 6 & 7
Somerset & Bowie Forest
APRIL 8 & 11
Tulip Grov
APRIL 12 & 13
Foxhill & Long Ridge
APRIL 14, 15 & 18Kenilworth
APRIL 19, 20 & 21
APRIL 22Gradys Walk & Glenridge
APRIL 25Chapel Forge
APRIL 26Victoria Heights & Racetrack Rd. Townhomes
APRIL 27Idlewild
APRIL 28Yorktown & Overbrook
APRIL 29Whitehall
MAY 2Rockledge

*Heather Hills section will not be flushed this Spring, as all pipes have recently been replaced.

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.