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Maryland American Water will begin flushing the water mains in its Bel Air distribution system beginning Saturday, June 3. Flushing will continue through Friday, June 30.
Flushing is an essential part of Maryland American Water’s maintenance program to provide customers with high-quality water service. The annual system flushing helps to remove mineral deposits and sediment from water mains.
From June 3-25, flushing will be performed on Saturdays and Sundays between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. From June 26-30, flushing will take place each day between noon and 4 p.m. During flushing work, crews will open fire hydrants, allowing water to flow freely for a short period of time.
No interruptions in water service will occur as a result of the work. Maryland American Water advises that when crews are flushing nearby, customers might experience a drop in water pressure or some discoloration of their water.
If water is discolored, customers should open up faucets and let cold water run until clear before using it again, and refrain from doing laundry during that time. Before doing laundry, check for discolored water. If you have already started laundry and clothes become stained, do not let the clothes dry. Instead, wash them again in clear water using a rust remover, which can be purchased at grocery stores. If problems persist or customers have questions, call Maryland American Water’s toll-free customer service line at 866-641-2131.