Archive for August, 2019

Water Main Flushing

The City of Melrose has an ongoing program to flush all water mains in our potable water distribution system every other year. This program includes not only flushing out our water mains, but also exercising valves and hydrants throughout our distribution system to ensure that this infrastructure is in working order. This work improves water quality, pressure, and aesthetics, while also providing the opportunity to identify infrastructure requiring replacement. The next round of citywide flushing is scheduled for August 12 through October 3, 2019. Flushing hours are generally between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please check the 2019 water main flushing page or call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172 to determine our daily list of streets to be flushed. The website will be updated on flushing days, no later than 4:00 p.m., to reflect the completed streets and the following day’s anticipated schedule.

Residents should follow these procedures to minimize the impacts of this program:

  1. Do not use your water when we are flushing or testing on your street. If you do, sediment could get into your house’s pipes, which could cause them to block, reduce pressure, and/or cause discoloration in your water. This situation could be expensive for you to repair. If you experience a problem, please contact the Engineering Department for assistance.
  2. You may experience rusty or cloudy water from the testing. Once the work is completed, run the cold water until it is clear. Do not run the hot water, do not do laundry, do not use your dishwasher, and do not add water to your pool until your cold water runs clean. Should you inadvertently do laundry during flushing which results in rust stains on your clothing, please contact the Engineering Division.
  3. We advise all residents to draw water prior to their street flushing by filling a number of pots or water bottles for use between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172 if you have a special medical situation we should be aware of. We thank you for your patience during our biennial flushing program.