New Jersey American Water to Perform Hydrant Flushing in Village of South Orange
Water main flushing begins June 20th
South Orange N.J. – June 9, 2021 – This month, New Jersey American Water will perform the annual flushing of the South Orange distribution system to ensure customers continue to receive high-quality, reliable water service. Beginning on June 20 at approximately 9 p.m. and lasting for approximately two weeks, the company will flush out harmless mineral deposits that may have built up in the pipes’ inner walls.
Hydrant flushing will be performed by local, qualified contractor New Jersey American Water crews. Flushing the water mains involves loosening sediment by pumping a high velocity of water into the pipes then out through open fire hydrants.
While water mains are being cleaned, it is common for customers to notice short periods of low water pressure or discolored water. If customers experience temporary water discoloration, New Jersey American Water/Liberty Water recommends running the cold water until it is clear. The following steps are also encouraged:
- Draw water for cooking prior to the flushing period.
- Store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
- Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher.
- If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.
New Jersey American Water is contracted by the Village of South Orange to operate and manage its water system. New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Denise Venuti Free
Director of Communications and External Affairs