Commencing May 1, 2023, The Fairhaven Board of Public Works will begin a town-wide unidirectional water flushing of hydrants.
As we have mentioned before, the process of unidirectional flushing fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity which will scour the inside of the pipeline, removing and then transporting silt and mineral deposits out of the water system. These procedures are necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system.
During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. These harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains and flushing fire hydrants stir these deposits, sometimes causing a brief discoloration of the water.
The BPW will send out a location specific Rave notice when flushing will occur in your area. In addition, we will continually update our social media and website.
Here is what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood:
• If possible, avoid using water while the hydrant flushing is taking place. By not using water from the tap (cold or hot) or running appliances that use water (dishwashers and washing machines), you can prevent discolored water from entering your household plumbing system altogether.
• If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps only.
• Do not use hot water taps throughout your home at bathroom sinks, tubs, kitchen faucets, etc. for 5 to 15 minutes, or until water clears.
• By not using your hot water taps, this should prevent discolored water from entering your hot water system. If you do experience discolored water on your hot side
• Run water closest to your meter which is most likely outside
• Call the Water Department at 508-979-4032
• Do not dry or use bleach on your laundry if discolored
• Use an Iron-Out product to remove stains
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