3/5/2018 - New Jersey American Water to Start Annual Spring Cleaning in Somerville March 21-24, 2018

New Jersey American Water to Start
Annual Spring Cleaning

Water main flushing begins this week and continues through the fall


VOORHEES, N.J. (March 5, 2018) – This spring and into the summer months, New Jersey American Water will perform its annual cleaning of the water distribution system to help ensure that customers continue to receive high-quality, reliable water service.  Beginning this week, New Jersey American Water will begin annual maintenance to flush out harmless mineral deposits that may have built up in the pipe’s inner walls.


Flushing the water mains involves loosening sediment by pumping a high velocity of water into the pipes then out through open fire hydrants. The service areas that will be impacted and dates when flushing begins are posted at, under Alerts.


While water mains are being cleaned, it is common for customers to notice short periods of low water pressure or discolored water. If customers experience temporary water discoloration, New Jersey American Water recommends running the water until it is clear. The following steps are also encouraged:


·         Draw water for cooking prior to the flushing period

·         Store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking

·         Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher

·         If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.


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