Water shut off? Here’s how to flush your toilet

Flushing the commode while your water is shut off is simple. (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON – When you’re in an emergency situation where your water is restricted or shut off, like in Prince George’s County, here are some tips to keeping your commode flowing.

  • Flush your toilet with a bucket of water. It requires a gallon of water, poured directly into the toilet bowl.
  • Start slowly at first, then quickly add the rest of the water into the bowl. The shape of the toilet and the pressure from the water in the bucket pushes everything through the pipes.
  • There’s no need to use the handle or empty the toilet tank. Save the water in the tank for another day of water restrictions.

And remember the old saying, if it’s yellow, let it mellow.

If it’s…well, you know.

Check out the video below to see it in action and keep up-to-date with the water restrictions in Prince George’s County by checking out our live blog.

Alexis Davies and Lacey Mason contributed to this report.

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