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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Fall Water Main Flushing Has Begun!

On Monday, September 21st, the Department of Public Works began our water main flushing program.  Our flushing program, which we do annually in the spring and the fall, helps to maintain high-quality drinking water throughout our service area.  The Town’s water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage reservoirs where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time.  If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water.  

DPW crew members will be systematically working their way through our system over the next month, flushing water out of selected fire hydrants to remove the sediment.  This process is also beneficial from a public safety standpoint by confirming that the selected fire hydrants are working properly.  

While flushing the pipelines in your neighborhood, you may experience a temporary drop in water pressure to your residence or place of business.  This is normal and the water pressure will return to normal after the flushing is completed.  You may also experience discolored water (rusty brown or cloudy water) after the flushing in your area.  This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water.  If you experience this discoloration, you can clear the pipes in your home by running the cold water faucets for a brief period.  As a precaution, make sure the cold water has become clear again prior to using hot water to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

AREA # 1 – 09/21 to 10/09Slingerlands, North Bethlehem, Town of New Scotland
AREA # 2 – 09/30 to 10/23Delmar, Elsmere
AREA # 3 – 10/19 to 10/30Glenmont, Selkirk

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