Each spring, your local utility will flush out their water mains by opening the fire hydrants and letting the water flow freely for a short period of time.
If you’ve experienced a slight change in the taste or smell of your water, it may be that your utility is in the process of spring flushing, and is switching the disinfectant used. This switch is routine,temporary, and is in no way harmful. If you would like to improve the taste, it is recommended that you leave your tap running on cold water for a few minutes, and also place your drinking water in the refrigerator to allow the smell to dissipate.
Below are the schedules for 2018 spring flushing.
Arlington – March 26th – May 7th
City of Manassas – temporarily switching disinfectants
City of Manassas Park – temporarily switching disinfectants
DC Water – March 26th – May 7th
Fairfax Water – March 26th – May 7th
Leesburg – temporarily switching disinfectants
Loudoun – Supplied by Fairfax Water
Purcellville – temporarily switching disinfectants
PWCSA – Supplied by Fairfax Water
Virginia American Water – April 2nd – May 7th
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