Water Main Break Tips

tap water faucet
Tim Graham

The Philadelphia Water Department wants you to stay safe and healthy in the event of a water main break, so they've given us these tips to share:

  • Run your cold water faucets for several minutes to release air and remove debris from your water system.
  • Use bathrub, laundry faucets and hose bibs when possible to flush your system, as they generally have a larger capacity and do not have aerator screens to trap debris.
  • Clean faucet screens to remove debris that might clog the water fixture.
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