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Posted on: October 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Hydrant Expected Flushing Areas for 11/02/2023

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, Thursday, November 2nd, the Orange Water Department expects to be flushing hydrants on Charles Street, Chase Street, Pleasant Street, West River Street East end, South Main Street, Clifton Street, Hillside Terrace, and Meadow Lane / Fieldstone Drive area on the South side of town. There is also scheduled sprinkler system work on New Athol Road.

Tomorrow,   Friday November 3rd, the Orange Water Department does not expect to be flushing hydrants. We expect to resume flushing on Monday November 6th, when the Orange Water Department expects to be flushing hydrants on Dewey Conrad Street, Prentiss Street, Red Brook Lane, Shingle Brook Road, East River Street, and finishing off on Airport Road                                                                      

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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