Orono, Veazie residents should expect discolored water as hydrants are flushed

Posted April 16, 2012, at 4:42 p.m.
Last modified April 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The Orono-Veazie Water District says it will begin a spring “flushing” of its fire hydrants on Wednesday, and warns residents that their tap water “may not be visually appealing” at some point in the next few weeks.

The district flushes its hydrants twice a year. The process involves sending a large volume of water through the hydrant, increasing water flow in the pipeline and removing mineral deposits from the water system.

The scouring of the inside of the pipes can cause discoloration of residents’ tap water as the sediment is flushed out, but the water still will be drinkable.

“There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water,” a water district press release states.

To avoid getting discolored water at all, the district suggests residents not turn on their tap or run appliances that use water while flushing is occurring in their area. That will prevent discolored water from entering household plumbing, according to the district.

Doing laundry while flushing is taking place could stain fabrics.

“If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps throughout your home for 5-10 minutes or until water clears,” the press release suggests.

The water district will place temporary signs in sections of town the day before it plans on flushing hydrants in the area.

For more information, call the water district office at 866-4449.

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