- Avoid running your tap water or using a washing machine or dishwasher while flushing is conducted in your area.
- If discolored water occurs due to area flushing, run a cold water faucet (after flushing hours) in a basement sink or bathroom tub for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
- Don’t run a laundry machine or use hot water while we’re flushing in your area your clothes or fabrics become stained due to discolored water, re-wash our laundry using detergent together with a Rust and Iron removing agent (when water is running clear from your faucet); the District maintains a supply of Rust and Iron remover at our administration office forfree. Contact our administration office to make arrangements to pick-up a few packets to keep on hand. (Though our administration building is presently closed to visitors due to the pandemic, call ahead 978-443-6602 and a member of our staff will greet you at our main entrance door).
Slight discoloration may sometimes linger for a few hours, it is not harmful to your health and only temporarily affects the appearance of the water it does not influence water quality.
If water pressure or volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens and home filters for trapped particles.
Flushing water mains may cause iron and manganese sediment to become more visible. Your water may at times appear yellow to dark brown in color (the actual minerals lifting in the water) and may also appear milky at times (air bubbles caused by the opening of the water mains). These non-health threatening minerals are known to cause staining. Be a wary consumer, to minimize the effect of these naturally occurring minerals, avoid using and/or purchasing products that contain chlorine (including automatic dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents, and any other household cleaning agents). Products free of chlorine are now available at most local grocery and department stores. Flushing also has an effect on water pressure. When in the area or your home, you may experience a reduction in the pressure coming into your home. That is because of the high pressure that is being drawn at the hydrants at the times of flushing.
When flushing mains; even if we are not directly ON your street, the connecting streets COULD experience some, all, or none of the same effects as that of the actual street being flushed.