2016 Spring Water Main Flushing

Posted on May 3, 2016

Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 20th 2016
The Sugarloaf Water Association’s flushing program cleans minerals out of the water distribution system. Minerals, such as iron and manganese, build up inside water pipes over time and need to be flushed out to protect the pipelines and maintain high drinking water standards. Water main flushing, similar to the process of power washing driveways, uses water force to scour out materials that accumulate in the pipelines. The Sugarloaf Water Association flushes the system by opening fire hydrants and allowing large volumes of water to dislodge the mineral build-up. During the flushing, customers may notice reduced water pressure, and may notice some water discoloration. This discoloration does not present a health risk. Turning on a faucet for a short period of time should return the water to its normal appearance. We recommend that you limit activities that would possibly be affected by water discoloration, such as doing laundry, while the system is being flushed.
This same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home. Your home’s water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year to keep it working efficiently and to protect the quality of water inside your home. Also, if there is no water use in your home for a week or more, it’s always a good idea to run all your faucets for a minute or so before using the water. This ensures that you don’t use any stagnant water that may have developed in your home’s pipes while you were away.
Again, we recommend that you limit activities that would possibly be affected by water discoloration, such as doing laundry, while the system is being flushed.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, you may contact the superintendents’ office at 237-6865 seven days a week, between 7:00 am and 3:30pm.

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