This spring and into the summer months, New Jersey American Water will be
cleaning its water distribution system to help ensure that customers
continue to receive high-quality water. During the company's annual "Spring
Cleaning" program, crews will be flushing out water mains to remove
harmless particles that have built up in the pipes over time.
In the areas where Spring Cleaning is scheduled, New Jersey American Water
will be opening fire hydrants to increase water flows and "flush" sediment
from its pipes. When hydrants are being flushed, customers may notice a
drop in water pressure or may experience discolored water. This is a normal
part of the process. New Jersey American Water advises customers to let
their water run until it is clear.
The municipalities, start dates and end dates, where New Jersey American
Water will be Spring Cleaning can be found at
New Jersey American Water is offering its customers the following
additional tips while mains are being flushed:
Avoid running your tap water, using the washing machine or dishwasher
while crews are flushing.
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. NOTE: If laundry becomes stained,
do not put your laundry in the dryer. Rewash clothes immediately
using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also
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 water quality.
If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been
completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.