As part of the semi-annual hydrant flushing program, the Woonsocket Water Division will be flushing the hydrants in the following area:  Elm St from Robinson St to Social St. Social St from Chester St to Earl St.  Privilege St from Rathbun St to North Main St. Also,  East School St  from Rathbun St to North Main St. including all side streets in these areas. The flushing will start at 9pm Tuesday June 21st  and continue until 5am, Wednesday, June 22nd.

 

Customers may experience discolored water and lower than normal pressure. If you experience discolored water, please run your COLD water for a short time to clear the lines. Store clean water in containers for usage during these hours.

 

Our Unidirectional Flushing Program is a method of cleaning the water main lines through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific fire hydrants at the end of that sequence. The UDF technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. The higher velocity allows for better scouring of the pipes and will use 40% less water in the flushing process than conventional flushing methods. Flushing pipes at higher velocities will dislodge and remove mineral deposits and sediment that accumulate in the water mains.

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