Water Main and Hydrant Flushing to End in November
Flushing to occur Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The Water Department is resuming the semi annual water main and hydrant flushing program.
Every spring and fall, the nearly 1,000 hydrants are flushed. It takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks, from September to November. Evening flushing hours are Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Daily flushing may occur Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. if it is deemed necessary in certain areas. Flushing will start at the Easton town line and proceed westerly towards the Attleboro town line.
Flushing involves the use of high velocity water to scour the inside surfaces of the water mains. This process allows the Highway Department to flush out iron and manganese particles, however it also creates discolored water. Discoloration varies from pale yellow to dark brown and may include iron particles. Because the water system’s infrastructure is a continuous loop, this discoloration can occur anywhere in the system during the flushing program regardless of where the hydrants are being opened.
The Highway Department reccommends that residents use caution when using filtering systems, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Bottling water and keeping it on hand for your convenience is also suggested.