Hydrant flushing begins Monday

Above: The DPW shared the schedule for hydrant flushing across town next week.

Every spring, Southborough “flushes” is fire hydrants for maintenance. This year, that work is slated to begin on Monday.

If all go as scheduled, work will run April 22nd through Friday the 26th between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.

DPW Flushing 2023 revised mapThe Dept. of Public Works has confirmed the schedule will follow the same pattern as usual. (See image right, or click here for a pdf with the streets listed.)

Note: Weather or unforeseen issues can shift the dates further out, extending into the following week.

When Public Works flushes hydrants in your neck of the woods, you may experience a drop in water pressure and/or notice discolored tap water.

In a previous year, the former DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan explained that running hot water might pull sediment into your hot water tank. That’s why to avoid it.  You should also avoid doing laundry because it can stain your clothes.

Here’s what she advised residents should do if water is discolored:

The discoloration of the water is only temporary and does not indicate a problem with the water.

If your water does become discolored run your COLD WATER ONLY for a period of time and it should clear up.

A faucet or spigot closest to your meter is the best choice.

High flow faucets such as an outside spigot or a bath tub faucet are also good choices.

Details from a past year also included the following details:

The water should run clear in 10-20 minutes, unless your service is very long, then it may take longer.

If you have aerators on your faucets you might want to rinse them out in case the screen caught any debris. If your hot water is discolored, it means that you pulled the sediment into the water tank. You should flush out your service with the cold water faucets and then, when you are sure you have purged the pipes in your home and everything is running clear, you should run your hot water and try to clear that up.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the DPW at 508-485-1210.

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