The Flushing Program will begin on Monday, April 5th. All flushing will occur between the hours of 9pm to 2am, the schedule will be as follows:
(Please note: you should check the schedule frequently as dates will be made more specific and/or may change due to weather or other factors)
May 10th- Lafayette St, West St, Skyview Rd & Eagle Rock Rd
May 12th- Lisa Rd, Vine St & Feener Cir
May 14th- Old West St & Drinkwater Ave
It is a method of cleaning the water mainlines through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific hydrants at the end of that sequence.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS during the hydrant flushing program and what to do if your water turns discolored:
TRY TO LIMIT USING WATER DURING THE FLUSHING PROCESS. When a resident uses their water while the hydrant on their street is being flushed they might bring the discolored water into their home. The discoloring is just sediment and while it is safe to drink, it just isn’t too appealing.
The best way to purge your home of the discolored water is to run cold water until the water runs clear. We suggest using the bathtub faucet because it flows more water. The water should run clear within 15-20 minutes but may last until more people in your neighborhood run their water to help move the discolored water out of the system.
AVOID THE USE of appliances that use water such as dishwashers and washing machines during the flushing process. Also, we recommend that you turn off any ice makers and do not use the water dispenser feature on your refrigerator as it can clog the filters.
PLEASE DO NOT RUN HOT or WARM WATER, as this forces the discolored water into the water heater, mixing it with clear stored water. If you do get rusty water in your hot water heater, drain the hot water heater per the manufacturer's instructions.
If you have aerators on your faucets you might want to rinse them out in case the screen caught any debris during the flushing process.
If your laundry becomes discolored from the use of rusty water, products like “Rover" can help remove temporary laundry colorization.
For MASS DEP - Water Main Flushing FAQ for Consumers, please click here