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2018 Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing

Each spring, Loudoun Water and other utilities around the country begin hydrant flushing. This is done by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time. It is done as a way to maintain high water quality in our distribution system. This year, flushing in the Loudoun Water service area will begin the week of March 26th and will continue for about 12 weeks. The flushing of hydrants around the service area will have no effect on water usage.

What to do with Unwanted or Expired Medication

Every year, unwanted or expired medications are flushed down the toilet, which can cause problems like water pollution and accidental ingestion in our communities. Flushing unused medications may seem like a safe way to quickly dispose prescriptions in order to keep them out of the wrong hands, but these compounds are finding their way into our waterways. 

Most medicines are not completely removed by wastewater treatment processes or septic systems, which is why it's so important to dispose of medication one of the three ways listed below.

Thanksgiving Tips for Protecting Your Pipes

Thanksgiving should be filled with good food, family time and friends - not emergency calls to a plumber because of a backed up pipe. Avoid the mistake of pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain. The holidays are often the time when families are frying food that contains a large amount of FOGs. 

Over time, the FOGs stick to the sides of sewer pipes on your property and in our sewer system. Over time the grease builds up, hardens and blocks the pipes, causing costly damage that is unpleasant to deal with. These backups are often smelly and can damage the environment.

Winter Watch: Protect Your Pipes

It doesn't take long for meters and pipes to freeze during extreme cold spells, especially when temperatures dip below 32F. If your pipes or meter freezes, you will not have water. As we head into the coldest months of the season, it's important to protect your pipes as much as possible. Preventative measures include: