Beginning April 11 and continuing through May 13, New Jersey American Water will perform the annual flushing of its water distribution system in Hazlet Township.
Customers can be alerted to the local flushing schedule via phone call, text or email by enrolling in New Jersey American Water’s customer notification system called "My Water" at www.amwater.com.
“Flushing the system helps to clean out any buildup of mineral deposits and sediment inside the pipes,” state Thomas Shroba, Vice President of Operations. “The company also flushes its hydrants to confirm they are operational and to check fire flows in the system.”
Flushing involves simultaneously opening fire hydrants in a specific area to create increased water flows. This routine flushing program also includes flushing blowoff valves on dead end water mains throughout the system.
The hydrant flushing program helps ensure high-quality drinking water and is an annual requirement of the Water Quality Accountability Act.
While water mains are being cleaned, customers may notice short periods of low water pressure or discolored water. If customers experience temporary water discoloration, New Jersey American Water recommends running the cold 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.