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    Prevent Frozen Pipes:

    • • Set your thermostat above 55 degrees, especially if you will be away for an extended time.
    • • Turn on the faucet farthest away from your main valve to a small, steady trickle.
    • Warm pipes in cupboards and vanities by opening the doors.
    • Wrap pipes with insulation or even newspaper if they are exposed to cold air.
    • Close off crawl spaces, seal drafty windows and doors, and insulate walls and attics to eliminate cold air sources near pipes.

     

    No water coming from your tap?

    • Your water meter or pipes may be frozen.

     

    If Your Meter Freezes:

    • Call your water utility’s customer service line immediately if you think your meter is frozen.
    • Do not thaw your water meter. This can result in extensive damage.
    • Water utilities will replace outside water meters. It is their responsibility.
    • Water meters located inside or outside homes and buildings may freeze when temperatures fall below freezing.

     

    If Your Pipes Freeze:

    • Shut off the water immediately at the main shut off valve.
    • Melt frozen water in the pipes slowly by warming the air around it using a hair dryer or wrapping pipes in warm towels.
    • Never use a kerosene heater, blow torch or open flame and keep heat away from flammable materials.
    • Once pipes are thawed, slowly turn water back on.
    • Check all pipes and joints for leaks or cracks.
    • Leaks or pools of water from pipes means there was a burst or crack.
    • Call a plumbing professional if you suspect a burst pipe or can’t find the frozen section.

     

    How do I find my main water shut off valve?

    • Look for the main valve where the water supply enters your house (usually in the basement) or in a concrete box near the street.
    • If the valve is outside your house, lift the cover with a large screwdriver.
    • Use a pipe or crescent wrench to turn off the water.
    • Mark the shut-off valve with fluorescent paint or tape so you can find it in the dark.

     

     

    Water Utility Emergency Numbers for Metropolitan Washington

    Arlington County

    Alexandria (Virginia American)

    DC Water

    Fairfax Water

    Frederick County

    Leesburg

    Loudoun Water

    PWCSA (Prince William County Service Authority)

    Rockville

    WSSC

    703-228-6555

    800-452-6863

    202-612-3400

    703-289-6019

    301-600-1825, Emergency 301-600-2194

    703-771-2701 After Hours 703-771-4500

    571-291-7880 After Hours  571-291-7878

    703-335-7950 Emergency 703-335-7982

    240-314-8500 Emergency 240-314-8567

    301-206-4002

     

     

     

     

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    About the National Capital Region
    The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region.

  • FEMA seeks experienced individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 16. For more information on the membership application process, visit www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.

     

    The National Advisory Council was established by the enactment of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of Federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC incorporates state, local and tribal governments; nonprofit and private sector input in the development and revision of the National Preparedness Goal, the National Preparedness System, the National Incident Management System and other related plans and strategies.

     

    The NAC consists of up to 35 members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the FEMA administrator. Members are designated as representatives, special government employees (SGEs), or Ex Officio. SGEs are defined in section 202(a) of Title 18 United States Code. To the extent practicable, the members are geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross-section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

     

    For more information about the NAC, contact the Office of the National Advisory Council at FEMA-NAC@fema.dhs.gov, or call 202-646-2700.

     

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    About the National Capital Region
    The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region.

Frozen Water Pipes

It's cold and unfortunately that means that residents in the National Capital Area may experience frozen water pipes. Area water authorities and water providers have several tips you can take to keep your pipes from freezing -- as well as what to do and who to call if your pipes do freeze. Get more information >>>

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About the National Capital Region

The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region. Below are the jurisdictions that comprise the National Capital Region:


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