WSSC Media Release - May 16, 2013




WSSC Paints Thousands of Fire Hydrants

Customers could see different-colored hydrants while painting is underway


Contact: Kira Calm Lewis
(301) 206-8100


Laurel – May 16, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is in the process of painting its 45,000 fire hydrants in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. WSSC fire hydrants have a grey or white body with a green top. During the painting process, hydrants will receive a coat of primer, leaving the entire hydrant light grey in color until crews return to paint the body of all hydrants grey and the tops green.


There will be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 hydrants in various areas of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that have been primed. All of the primed hydrants will be painted the regular colors by the middle of November.

The hydrants remain in service while painting is underway. Whenever a hydrant is taken out of service, WSSC immediately contacts the affected fire department. The hydrant is also marked as out of service. On an average day, 99.99 percent of WSSC fire hydrants are in service. In addition to painting, WSSC maintains a rigid inspection program that includes inspection and maintenance of each hydrant in a three-year period.

For more information about WSSC’s fire hydrants, please visit our website at


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Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, with a network of nearly 5,600 miles of fresh water pipeline and more than 5,400 miles of sewer pipeline. Serving 1.8 million residents in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.

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