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Posted on: October 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Hydrant Expected Flushing Areas for 10/31/2023

The Orange Water Department has scheduled its Fall Fire Hydrant Flushing for weekdays, starting October 23rd until November 9th.

This has been posted on the Town Hall and Water Department bulletin boards, and was advertised in the Local Newspapers prior to starting. We have our sign boards at the main intersection 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 still be performed at its normal interval 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, Tuesday October 31st, the Orange Water Department does not expect to be flushing hydrants due to other scheduled events.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, the Orange Water Department expects to be flushing hydrants on Walnut Hill Road, Coombs Avenue, West River Street West end, Oaklawn Avenue, Hamilton Street, Terrace Street, Hamilton Avenue, and Roche Avenue on the South side of town.  As Oaklawn Avenue has been reported to have been having more frequent issues recently, we are attempting to coordinate with the Fire Department to try and do a more thorough flushing from the single hydrant that was installed on that street. We are hopeful that this may clear this area better, although it may take a bit longer than usual to settle down after the flush, so please be advised of that..                                                                       

The flushing in the fall is primarily hydrants at the end of the line, so the listings will generally be referring to the last hydrant on the street mentioned below. 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 http://www.townoforange.org/sites/orangema/files/uploads/color-taste-odor_causes_madep.pdf  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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