New Jersey American Water is doing annual hydrant flushing today in Elmwood Village. They are expected to continue through the Cross, Prospect, Massachusetts areas over the coming week.
This annual cleaning of its water distribution system is done to support the continued provision of high-quality, reliable water service to customers. Flushing the system helps to clean out any build-up of mineral deposits and sediment inside the pipes. The company also flushes its hydrants to confirm they are operational and to check fire flows in the system.
While water mains are being cleaned, customers may notice short periods of low water pressure or discolored water. If customers experience temporary water discoloration, New Jersey American Water recommends running the cold water until it is clear.
The following steps are also encouraged:
Draw water for cooking prior to the flushing period. Store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking. Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.