Water Purification / Distribution

The Department of Water Purification and Distribution is responsible for the operation of the county’s water treatment plants and distribution systems. The county’s primary water treatment facilities are staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Smaller satellite facilities are staffed to provide operator attention several hours per day, 7 days per week. This department’s certified operators provide routine daily operation of the county’s water supply infrastructure to ensure that customers of the county’s public water systems receive water that continually complies with Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements. 

Hydrant Flushing
April 1, 2015 - The Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management will begin water main flushing in the Fountaindale and Copperfield water systems starting on April 6, 2015 and continuing through April 17, 2015. 

Flushing programs are used to maintain optimal levels of water quality in the water distribution system.  Because water mains are sized to allow adequate and safe flow for fire protection, water typically moves through piping at a very low velocity.  This slow movement allows mineral deposits to build up over time which can restrict water flow, contribute to corrosion, and create water color problems.  Periodic flushing of water lines removes this material which helps to maintain infrastructure and consistently high quality water. 

Most customers will not even be aware that flushing is taking place, but some may notice a change in water pressure and discoloration of the water during this process.   Please check your cold water prior to using it for cooking or laundry.  Should the water appear discolored, do not be alarmed.  Simply run the water faucet nearest the water meter for several minutes and it should clear up.

Should any customers experience discoloration that does not clear up by running the tap, they are asked to contact us at (301) 600-2194.

For water and/or wastewater emergencies occurring on weekends, holidays, and after hours please call 301-600-2194.