Discolored water may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it is safe to drink. However, WSSC does not recommend using discolored water to do laundry. Clothes can become stained.
Discolored water and trapped air are common occurrences after a water main break or other water system maintenance work. Discolored water is caused by sediment and mineral deposits in the pipes that can be stirred up when the water is turned off and then back on following work on WSSC’s water system.
Flushing the COLD water pipes in your home or business usually clears up the discolored water and will allow trapped air to be released.
After water main repair work is completed in your area, flush the COLD water lines in your home or business using the following steps.
If the discolored water persists after running your cold water lines for five minutes, please report it to the Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSSC does not recommend using discolored water to do laundry. If clothing gets stained, immediately wash the clothes again using a rust remover product. This type of product is available in most supermarkets. For better results, do not let the clothes dry.