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Water Main, Hydrant Flushing to Begin April 1

Release from Water Department.

The Water Department will begin their semi annual water main and hydrant flushing program April 1. 

Every spring and fall, the nearly 1,000 hydrants are flushed for approximately 10 to 12 weeks.  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 Water 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.

It is recommended that you use caution when using filtering systems, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.  Bottling water and keeping it on hand for your convenience is also suggested.

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