Hydrant Flushing has Begun

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)

This week:

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

Still to come:
Birchwood Rd, Hemlock Ter, Huckleberry Ln, Glovers Brook Rd, Stevens Ter, Linden Park Dr, Turning Mill Ln, Country Club Dr, Martin Ter, Brookside Ter, Margaret Rd, Highland Ave, Fairmount St, Fairview Ave, Norfolk Rd, Woodlawn St, Howe Cir, Elgin Court, Memorial Pkwy, Diauto Dr, Rosemary Dr, High St, Phyllis Dr, Van Tassel Dr, Exeter St, Dartmouth St, Powers Farm Rd, Cross St, Fowler St, Westland Rd, Overlook Rd, Scally Cir, Dolly Ln, Higashi School, Debbie Ln, Haddad Ave, Davis Rd, & Fred Dolan Cir, Maple Glen Ct, Janet Rd, Thomas Patten Dr, Birch Dr, Holly Ln, Willow Dr, Bridle Path Cir, Bittersweet Ln, Perley Evans Dr & Highland Glen Dr.
 
Done Previously: 
April 5th- Chestnut Street, Old Street, Marion Street, and Himoor Circle 
April 7th- Northway Road, Decota Drive, Quill Circle, Robert Road, Jeanne Road, and Lambert Road
April 9th- Chestnut Circle, Lewis Drive, Althea Road, Smith Road and Niles Road
April 12th- Desmond Rd, Thayer Circle, Christopher Rd, Emily Jeffers Rd
April 14th- York Ave, Chestnut West, Anderson Dr, DeLorenzo Dr
April 16th- Macauley Way, Gold St & Colson Way
April 21st- Marie Way & Greenhouse Way
April 23rd- Boylston St, James Tighe Rd & Emily Jeffers Rd
April 26th- Niles Rd, Sloan Cir & Rae Cir
April 28th- Bruce Cir, Hill Park Ter & Grove Ln
April 30th- Sunnyworth Ln, Randall Way & Grove St
May 3rd- West St, Silver St, Pelissier Cir & Warren Ave
May 5th- Abbey St, Corcoran St, Nelson Dr & Wales Ave
May 7th- Ledgehill St, Jasper Ln & Grove Sq
 
What is Unidirectional Flushing (UDF)?  
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.
 
Maintaining the flushing sequence is important so that the water used in the flushing sequence remains clean. The UDF technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. This higher water velocity allows for better scouring of pipes and will use 40% less water in the flushing process than traditional flushing. The flushing of the pipes will dislodge and remove mineral deposits, sediments and biological deposits that accumulate in the water mains. To view a sample Unidirectional Flushing Plan, please click here.
 
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
 
To view a video on the Hydrant Flushing Process, click here.

For questions and concerns, you can call the DPW Office at 781-961-0942