MIDDLETOWN, NJ - As part of regular maintenance, New Jersey American Water (NJAW) will be flushing the water distribution system in town through the end of May. This is an essential part of their system maintenance program to continue to provide our community with high-quality water service.
Here is a link to their 2020 Flushing Schedule.
Flushing the water mains involves loosening sediment by pumping a high velocity of water into the pipes then out through open fire hydrants. While this will not interrupt your water service when crews are working in your neighborhood, you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If this happens, simply let your water run until it is clear.
Here are some tips NJAW provided for dealing with the water flushing process:
- Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.
- If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.
- Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.
In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing. If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.
NJAW customers also have the option to be updated on the local flushing schedule via phone call, text or email by enrolling in New Jersey American Water’s CodeRED customer notification system at www.myaccount.amwater.com.