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Posted on: May 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Water Main Flushing

Town of Whitman
Department of Public Works
100 Essex St., Whitman, MA 02382
Telephone: (781) 447-7630

Whitman Water Dept. to begin the 2014 water main flushing program for the spring.

Donnie Westhaver, Superintendent of the Department of the Public Works wishes to announce that the department will begin flushing water mains throughout the town’s system on Monday, May 12, 2014
starting at 7:00 P.M. and continuing to midnight.

At this time we will be opening up hydrants to wash & flush out accumulated sediments in the pipes.

The flushing of the mains will continue throughout its completion, which generally lasts two to three weeks or until the pipes flush clean.

The program will be completed in phases to minimize any potential impacts to water quality and service.

What are the benefits of flushing water mains?

Water main flushing is an effective method of improving drinking water quality and is an integral component of a water maintenance program.

Are there any short-term impacts from water main flushing?

Water main flushing can cause temporary reductions in water pressure and discolored water from increased levels of dissolved iron. Discolored water due to increased levels of dissolved iron may not be aesthetically
pleasing, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), it is not a public health threat.
The Whitman Water Department is making every effort to minimize potential impacts from the program and will closely monitor water quality and water pressure while flushing mains.

Should Whitman water customers take special precautions?

In general, Whitman water customers should minimize water usage during the hours the water mains are being flushed. Any customers experiencing dirty water should run a cold water tap, closest to their water meter, until it clears. Some customers such as medical facilities and businesses that use water in their manufacturing or cleaning process may want to more closely monitor their water quality and water pressure while the flushing program is underway.

Who can I call for more information?

With questions or concerns regarding the Water Main Flushing Program, call the Department of Public Works, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (781)-447-7630

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