Fire Hydrant Meter Use

On a limited basis, WSSC leases fire hydrant meters (from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 months) to individuals and businesses requesting to purchase WSSC potable water without paying sewer charges. Fire hydrants can be used in most of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties (MD). However, parts of Bowie, Rockville, and all of Poolesville have their own water systems, and WSSC meters cannot be used on their fire hydrants. 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 gray body.

Fire Hydrant Meter Information

Size 3/4" 3"
Flow Range Approximately 25 gallons per minute or 1,500 gallons per hour Approximately 250 gallons per minute or 15,000 gallons per hour
Hose Type Standard Garden Hose 2 1/2" Fire Hose
Security Deposit $379.00 $2,420.00

Security deposits must be paid by certified, cashier's, or treasurer's checks; or money order. If customers have a WSSC water/sewer account in "good standing" (3 years of on time payments and no returned checks), WSSC accepts personal checks. For customers with a WSSC account in good standing, we may waive the deposit and directly bill the hydrant meter's water charges to a residential/commercial WSSC account.

Six Month Permit Holder's Information

  • Meter readings must be emailed in at the end of each month. Please email with your permit number, full name, or name of company, and a current reading that includes all zeros. (3/4" hydrant meters will have a 7 digit reading and 3" hydrant meters will have an 8 digit reading)
  • Fire hydrant meters cannot be used for more than the 6-month lease agreement. The meter must be returned to a WSSC rental facility on or before the expiration date noted on the lease agreement. If you need another fire hydrant meter, a new permit will be issued.
  • Deposits do not transfer to a new permit.

Leasing Requirements

  • Deposit (if required): 3/4" Meter: $379; 3" Meter: $2,420
  • Documentation requirements - to complete the form you will need:
    • Name of the individual/business using the meter.
    • Street address of the individual/business using the meter.
    • Federal Tax ID number (business)
    • Telephone number of the individual/business using the meter.
    • The intended use of the meter (e.g. fill pools, washing streets, etc.)
    • Valid Maryland, DC, or Virginia's driver's license.
    • If chemicals are used in conjunction with the meter, provide the specific name of the chemical(s)
    • Trucks are inspected for 6-inch air gap at our Hyattsville facility. Each inspection requires a $52 certified, cashier's, or treasurer's checks; or money order.

Leasing Location Information

Location Address Hours
(Mon. - Fri., Except Holidays)
Phone Number
Hyattsville (Customer Care Bldg.) 4102 Lloyd St.
Hyattsville, MD 20781
7:30 am - 3:45 pm 301-206-4264
Temple Hills (Depot Warehouse) 8444 Temple Hills Rd.
Temple Hills, MD 20748
8:30 am - 11:00 am &
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Silver Spring (Lyttonsville Depot Warehouse) 2501 Lyttonsville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
8:30 am - 11:00 am &
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gaithersburg (Depot Warehouse) 111 W. Diamond Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
8:30 am - 11:00 am &
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Fees and Charges

Size 3/4" 3"
Water Charge $7.91 per 1,000 Gallons
Minimum Water Consumption Charge $33.00 min. (proposed rate of 1,000 ADC)

$214.00 min  (proposed rate of 1,000 ADC)

A 3" fire hydrant meter must be used with a high hazard backflow prevention assembly (ASSE1013)

Service Charge

$62.00 (2 week lease period)

$175.00 (over 2 weeks up to 6 months)

$130.00 (2 week lease period)

$175.00 (over 2 weeks up to 6 months)

Late Fees $10.00 for each business day the meter is not returned after permit has expired 
Other fees Damaged Meter If the meter is damaged, the customer will be billed for parts and labor required to repair the meter. Additionally, customers are responsible for the consumption and service charges.
  Lost/Stolen Meters If the meter is lost or stolen, a meter replacement fee (which is equal to the deposit) as well as the minimum consumption and service charge will be assessed.

Note: All fees and charges will be deducted from your deposit. If the fees and charges exceed your deposit, you will be mailed an invoice for the balance. If the fees and charges are less than your deposit, you will be mailed a refund in 4-6 weeks after the meter is returned. If no deposit was required, charges will be billed to your WSSC water/sewer account.

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