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Hydrant Flushing Could Change Water Color In Ridgewood

Water from faucets may be discolored while Ridgewood Water conducts system's flushing.
Water from faucets may be discolored while Ridgewood Water conducts system's flushing. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Ridgewood Water will be performing system flushing, which could temporarily discolor water.

The work will include the operation of fire hydrants at flow velocities sufficient to remove naturally occurring minerals that have precipitated out of the water and settled, the utility said. Because the work could alter the color of the water, Ridgewood Water will be conducting the flushing late at night.

There are no health concerns associated with the minerals that get stirred up, but residents are urged to avoid doing laundry while crews are working, Ridgewood Water said.

Flushing hydrants will start at the highest elevation and will finish at the lowest elevation. The highest elevations are in Wyckoff. This will be followed by the intermediate elevations in Wyckoff, Midland Park and the heights of Ridgewood.

Finally, the lowest elevations in Wyckoff, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Glen Rock will be completed.

The company anticipates that crews will be working in Wyckoff exclusively until cold weather requires us to suspend activity.

The flushing on Routes 17,18,19 & 20 will begin Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Click here for complete information a nd to find a link for an overall view of the work zone.

Residents should note that tap water may be discolored while crews are flushing in your area from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Discolored water may linger in your pipes after the flushing work has been completed. If so, the utility advises running the cold water until the water runs clear.

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