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Posted on: April 19, 2019

Chicopee Water Department to Begin Hydrant Flushing Program

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            Beginning Monday, April 22, 2019 the Chicopee Water Department will be conducting their hydrant flushing program. Hydrant flushing will occur between 8pm-12am Sunday through Thursday. This program is in place to ensure customers continue to receive the highest quality water. The 2019 Spring/Summer Flushing program should last approximately five to ten weeks and is targeted to include all areas East of Memorial Drive from Jamrog Drive to the Chicopee River. Upon completion flushing will move to the Aldenville area.

During this time, customers may notice episodes of decreased water pressure or discoloration of their water. Water discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within our piping network. These short-term changes in flow can stir up naturally occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains. The objective of the water main/hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from our pipes by flushing the water out of the fire hydrants.

If you experience discolored water after your street has been flushed you are encouraged to run your cold water through a faucet (bathtubs being the best choice) for 5-10 minutes or until water clears up. Do not use hot water as the dirty water can enter your hot water heater and possibly damage it. Do not run your laundry machine when you have dirty water, as this can discolor your clothing.

If your water does not clear up after several minutes, please call the Chicopee Water Department during regular business hours at 413-594-3420.

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