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LIAW Announces Spring Flushing Schedule

The water company said that customers may experience discolored water and a drop in water pressure during the process.

Long Island American Water will be flushing the water distribution system this spring to clear harmless mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up over time inside the pipes, according to a press release.

The process is "essential" and also includes flushing fire hydrants to make sure they are operational and to check flows in the system, the release said.

During the months of March, April and May, Long Island American Water will be flushing the system throughout its service areas. The company will be flushing the system in Lakeview, Lynbrook, Malverne and West Hempstead from April 4 to April 26. No flushing will be conducted on weekends, or from April 6 through April 13.

When the system is being flushed, customers may notice a drop in water pressure or may experience discolored water, the release said. This is a normal part of the process, and the company advises customers to let their water run until it is clear.

Long Island American Water also offers its customers the following additional tips:

  • Mark your calendar to be prepared when the company begins flushing the water mains in your neighborhood.
  • Draw water for cooking ahead of time, and store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher.  Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher.
  • If laundry becomes stained, do no put your laundry in the dryer. Rewash clothes immediately using a heavy duty detergent and add a rust remover.  Most rust removers can be used on stained fixtures.
  • In some cases, slight discoloration may linger for a few hours.  This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect the water quality.
  • If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been complete, check faucet screens for trapped particles.

For more information on Long Island American Water’s flushing program, please visit LongIslandamwater.com.

Tom Grech March 11, 2012 at 04:29 AM
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