To report a WSSC fire hydrant leak, please call 301-206-4002. The easiest way to identify a WSSC hydrant is by its color; all of WSSC fire hydrants are painted with a green top and a white or light gray body.
Under the inspection and maintenance program, WSSC crews physically inspect each hydrant once every three years. Approximately 13,000 inspections are conducted in the two counties every year.
WSSC conducts its hydrant inspections on a three-year cycle because of the size of our system. Our 41,000-plus hydrants are spread out over 5,600 miles of water pipe. This cycle is based on the amount of time it takes to conduct a full inspection of each hydrant.
Most of the inspections occur during the summer months. More than 10,000 are conducted between April and September.
Fire hydrants are made of cast iron materials and can last more than 50 years. However, the internal working parts, such as gaskets and seats, require routine maintenance or replacement. This is the reason why WSSC has a proactive inspection program.