Hydrant flushing starts this week in Hamilton and will run through late May across town.
The process, technically called water distribution system flushing, will include hydrant exercising and flushing. Each week, Monday through Thursday evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Hamilton Department of Public Works will be flushing hydrants.
Hydrant flushing will start near the water treatment plant on Pine Tree Drive, off Lake Drive, and move down Linden Street toward Bay Road (Route 1A). An updated schedule and areas of flushing will be released as activities continue through May 26.
When hydrant flushing is happening in your neighborhood, residents can minimize discolored water getting into your system but not using water, or minimizing the use, during the flushing hours.
When flushing is complete in your neighborhood and before using water, the Hamilton Water Department recommends residents run cold water by turning on the outside spigots until the lines run clear, since discoloration is likely to occur with the flushing.
Because flushing could potentially reverse the general flow pattern in the water distribution system, other areas outside the specific work areas may be affected during hydrant flushing.