Water Main Flushing Program
The 2022 Water Main Flushing Program:
Time flushing 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 24 – Holland, Kelly, Borden, and Church Street
October 25 – Edmunds, Cameron St, Boniface Dr., Blackhawk, and Ted
October 26 – Ted and all of Route 52
October 27 – Maple, Charles, Prospect, New and Center
October 28 – Hueg, Depot, Railroad and North St
October 31 – Orchard, Shawangunk, Van Keuren, Finneran, Kerilee, Greising, Martin, Arthur, Gross, and Hardenburg
Please contact Water Department at 744-2515 with any questions or comments about 2022 flushing program.
More Information about Flushing
During the flushing program, most crews work between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What is the Water Main (Hydrant) Flushing Program?
To improve water quality and minimize discoloration, water mains are comprehensively flushed by a technique known as Conventional flushing. The procedure is performed in warm-weather months and involves the systematic opening and closing of hydrants, one section of main at a time, to force the water through the pipes at high velocity, removing accumulated mineral sediment until the water is clear. The operation can take from a few minutes to over an hour, although most last about 30 minutes.
How Will Flushing Affect Water Service?
When flushing crews are working close to your residence or business, you may experience periods of very low pressure or even a complete stoppage of service. Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter—usually a basement sink—to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.
A precise schedule of flushing operations is difficult to determine more than a day or two in advance. We ask for your patience and understanding during this critical main cleaning process.