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September 28, 2017

Newburyport—The Newburyport Department of Public Services Water Division will begin flushing the City’s water system on Monday, October 2, 2017 and flushing will continue through October. Flushing hydrants helps to remove built-up sediments that settle in the water lines over time.

Beginning in the City’s west end and proceeding east, flushing in residential neighborhoods will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Night flushing of the following large mains will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.:

MONDAY 10/2: Merrimac St. to Plum Island Bridge

TUESDAY 10/3: High St. to High Rd., Storey Ave. to W. Newbury line

WEDNESDAY 10/4: Industrial Park area

Residents are advised to check the City’s website at for daily work locations.

During this flushing program, residents may experience low water pressure, temporarily discolored/milky water, air in pipes and at times, no water, although measures have been taken to minimize this inconvenience. The following suggestions will help avoid problems with discolored water:

1. Check for discolored water before running appliances that use water, such as dishwashers and washing machines.
2. If you have discolored water, wait until flushing is completed in your area, or at the end of each day running the cold water faucets should alleviate this problem.
3. Do not run hot water, as discolored water can get pulled into your hot water tank and take longer to clear up.
4. Avoid using bleach in laundry as this worsens any staining that may occur.
5. In the event clothes are stained, there are products available that will remove the stains when re-washing the clothes. The Business Office at 16C Perry Way has a supply of this product available to residents free of charge.
6. Do not dry stained laundry.