The Public Works Department will be flushing water mains throughout the Town beginning Tuesday, April 17th through Tuesday, May 1st between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Flushing hydrants are important as it removes sediment buildup in the pipes and helps to optimize our water quality. It also helps us conduct inspections of the hydrants for fire protection. The flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, caused by small particles dislodged during the flushing as well as possible reduction in pressure. We recommend restricting water usage during the flushing period.
Discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry, especially white materials as well as the possible staining of plumbing fixtures. Therefore, please avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist.
Prior to washing clothes, including times after the hours stated above, please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If the water is discolored, let the cold water run for few minutes to allow it to clear. If it does not clear at that time, try again later. Unfortunately, the Town cannot fully guarantee the safety of doing laundry and/or the possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day as the water system has been disturbed. Therefore, please check your water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before it is dried.
The Westminster Public Works Department appreciates your patience and cooperation as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you would like additional information, please call the Department at 874-5572.