The discolored water that some residents experienced on Thursday evening was likely due to the town water plant trying to meet higher demand, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.
The higher demand means that the efficiency of the plant filter media decreases, which is what led to the voluntary water restrictions issued earlier this month, he said.
Discolored water has been reported in Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon due to a water main break on Ortins Road.
Town crews are on working on the water main break and should have it repaired soon, Town Manager Michael Lombardo said at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
If residents are experiencing discolored water or if water service has been suspended, you should run water from an outside spigot until the line runs clear.
For additional information, contact the Water Department at 978-468-5581.
Some residents on the east side of Hamilton have reported discolored water after a water main was shut down as part of the construction project on the Miles River bridge.
The Hamilton Water Department has received several calls from residents on the east side of town reporting discolored water. It is recommended that anyone experiencing discolored water should flush an outside spigot until the water runs clear or let the system rest for several hours to allow sediment to settle and then run outside spigots to ensure the water is clear.
The Hamilton Water Department staff is assessing the situation to determine how to best respond, but the issues is related to repair work on the culvert under Bridge Street, which required shutting down a water main while construction was being completed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, normal water service will return early next week,” said Town Manager Michael Lombardo. “Thank you for your patience.”
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.
Spring street sweeping is now happening across Hamilton.
The sweeping begins on Asbury Street and then will work across town through May.
The Hamilton DPW encourages residents to park off the street whenever possible.
“It would be helpful if residents keep their vehicles off the roads so the sweeper doesn’t have to go around areas,” said DPW Director Bill Redford.
Also be aware that the street sweeper uses the fire hydrant at Patton Park and drawing the water for the sweeper may cause some localized discolored water. If this occurs, run your outside hose until the water runs clear.
Hydrants flushing in Hamilton resumes in early May, and water customers should be aware that it could create brown water. If you do see brown water, before using the water any more, residents should run cold water or turn on outside spigots until the lines run clear.
Hydrant flushing is done to make sure water mains are free from iron and manganese deposits and also ensure proper water circulation and quality.
Spring hydrant flushing will be completed by the Hamilton Water Department on Monday through Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. during the following weeks:
Try to refrain from using water (including showers, laundry, flushing toilets, etc.) during these days and hours to minimize brown water getting into your system.