Water Main Flushing Program
The 2020 Water Main Flushing Program began on Monday, April 27, 2020 (all flushing is daytime unless otherwise noted):
April 27th (Night Time) Main well to Main Street, includes Holland to EJR, Kelly, Borden and Cameron
April 28th (Night Time) Main well to Black hawk Road, Boniface, to Route 52(McDonalds) includes Ted, and Hannaford.
April 29th (Night Time) Route 302 to Route 52 includes High School, Crispell, Edmunds and Main Street
April 30th (Day Time) Maple Ave., New St., Center, Charles, Prospect, Railroad.
May 1st (Day Time) Depot, Hueg Place
May 4th (Day Time) North St., Orchard, Van Kuren, Shawangunk, Finneran, James, Kericle
May 5th (Day Time) Greising, Marten, Arthur, Gross, Hardenburgh
Please contact Water Department at 744-2515 with any questions or comments about 2020 flushing program.
More Information about Flushing
During the flushing season, most crews work between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with one crew working at night from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., primarily in the business area.
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. If you wish to be notified before work will be done in your area, please call Water Department at 744-2515
We ask for your patience and understanding during this critical main cleaning process.