Fire Hydrants Being Flushed After Low Water Pressure in Parts of Prince George's County

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Laurel, Maryland – October 05, 2012: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is flushing a number of fire hydrants in the area of Allentown Road, south of Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County following repair work on a 20-inch water main overnight. 

Customers may see water flowing from the hydrants throughout the morning. Flushing is necessary after a main is put back in service to clear discolored water from the distribution system.

Work on the 20-inch water main caused WSSC to experience low pressure in isolated areas overnight. The main has since been repaired and put back into service. Water pressure has returned to normal.

While flushing is underway, the water is safe to drink. If you experience discolored water at your home or business, flush your cold water lines. Start with the highest faucet in your house, working your way to the lowest, letting each one run for five minutes. For more detailed instructions, view our >flushing video. If you still experience discolored water after flushing, please call our 24 hour Emergency Call Center at 301.206.4002.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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