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Posted on: April 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Hydrant Expected Flushing Areas for 05/01/2023

The Orange Water Department has scheduled its Spring Fire Hydrant Flushing for weekdays, starting April 18th until May 5th.

This has been posted on the Town Hall and Water Department bulletin boards, and was advertised in the Athol Daily Newspaper prior to starting. We have our sign boards at the two main intersections in the center of town, and are posting our local "expected flush area next flushing day" signs, along with updating this notice daily. We realize the inconvenience of this process, and are doing the best we can to alert the customers prior to the time when it will affect them the most. Please understand that this maintenance task must be performed at routine intervals to keep the entire system operating properly, despite the short term discoloration of the water that occurs as we move through. Please see below in regards to the safety of the discolored water, which is caused by stirring up settled mineral deposits within the piping system that we are removing as we perform this task in a systematic procedure.

Unexpected situations may affect the accuracy of this listing. In efforts to keep the customer base as informed as possible, today, Monday, May 1st, the Orange Water Department expects to be flushing hydrants on West River Street East end, Chase Street, Putnam Street, Fountain Street, Congress Street, Pleasant Street, West Myrtle Street, Spring Street, Cheney Street, Carpenter Street, and Gay Street on the South side of town. This may go later than our usual 3PM stop time to finish this area as a whole  

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd, the Orange Water Department expects to be flushing hydrants on South Main Street from the River Streets intersection headed South, Clifton Street, Hillside Terrace, Meadow Lane, Fieldstone Drive, Quabbin Boulevard, R.W. Moore Drive, and Sunset Drive on the South side of town.

System flushing is very important to water quality throughout the system, and also allows for fire hydrant operational checks. Discolored water is common during this process, and you are encouraged to check:  to help answer related concerns about it.


 Please check here for daily updates of expected flushing areas, and thank you for your patience and understanding through this maintenance process.

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