Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant Flushing


The City of Bowie Public Works Department performs its annual fire hydrant flushing and testing program in areas served by city water in April and May.

2016 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Water Discoloration


Some discoloration of your water may occur and clothes washing is discouraged when hydrant flushing is occurring in your neighborhood. If your clothes become discolored, keep them wet and re-wash them using a rust remover. Rust remover will be available, at no cost, from City Hall. The water is safe for drinking and bathing even though it may be discolored.

The discoloration is a result of rust and sediment build up in the water lines and is not harmful. The discoloration should clear in approximately 24 hours. However, since the water mains are all interconnected, flushing of hydrants in adjacent sections could affect your water as well.

Additional Information


The 2016 hydrant flushing program begins April 4th and runs through May 3rd. For more information or questions about hydrant flushing, please contact Carissa Sullivan at 301-809-2339 or email.