WSSC Paints Its 40,000 Fire Hydrants

Customers could see different colored hydrants while painting is underway

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Fire Hydrant getting primed for a new coat

Laurel – September 28, 2012: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is in the process of painting its 40,970 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.

Currently there are about 5000 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% 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

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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