Loudoun Water, the American Water Works Association and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
Pools and underground irrigation systems have a device called a backflow preventer, which helps protect a customer's water from possible contaminants. Without backflow prevention devices, hazardous materials like fertilizers and animal waste near spinkler heads can be pulled directly into the water system.
Over the weekend, Loudoun Water attended the Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé College and Career Fair & Sharing our Success event at Turner Elementary in Washington, D.C. We brought along our watershed model, which shows how the things that happen in our neighborhood can affect our source water.
This April marks the 10th annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Loudoun Water customers to always call 811 within 48 hours beginning the next business day before any digging project.
As part of National Safe Digging Month, Loudoun Water encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:
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.
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.
Loudoun Water's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Below is the list of 2018 holidays when Loudoun Water offices will be closed. If you have an emergency requiring immediate assistance, please call 571-291-7878.
Homeowners should always use the VA811 system to avoid damaging underground utility lines on their property. Homeowners have two ways to reach VA811. Contact VA811 at least 3 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any digging project.
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.
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: