I was just about to fill up the Brita water filter when I noticed the water was yucky! Yellowish-brown. I ran the all of the faucets in the place for at least fifteen minutes and then telephoned the water company. WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission) is the water distributor in the Washington, D.C. area. I spoke with a nice fellow by the name of Ronnie and he assured me he would have someone come out and flush the line. I asked how long the wait would be and he said two hours. He provided me with good customer service.
It only took 50 minutes and the WSSC man tapped on my door. We communicated through the closed-door and he said he had flushed the fire hydrant line and did not see any discoloration. He went on to say that he noticed a truck outside testing the sprinkler system. I did not realize we had any sprinklers. I also asked about the strong chemical odors I had smelled earlier, just prior to the water turning strange. He replied it was chlorine and it wasn’t harmful. Really? I will run the water until it is clear and odor-free, and I will continue to filter my water before I drink.