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Chicopee Water Department will be conducting its fall hydrant flushing program. Hydrant Flushing will occur between 8 pm-12 am Sunday through Thursday. The start date is Sunday, August 16th, 2020. This program is in place to ensure customers continue to receive the highest quality water. Hydrant flushing will last until October 30, 2020, and is starting in the Fairview falls area and is to be completed in the Willimansett area.
During this time, customers may notice episodes of decreased water pressure or discoloration of their water. Water discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within our piping network. These short-term changes in flow can stir up naturally occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains. The objective of the water main/hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from our pipes by flushing the water out of the fire hydrants.
If you experience discolored water after your street has been flushed you are encouraged to run your cold water through a faucet (bathtubs being the best choice) for 5-10 minutes or until the water clears up. Do not use hot water as the dirty water can enter your hot water heater and possibly damage it. Do not run your laundry machine when you have dirty water, as this can discolor your clothing.
If your water does not clear up after several minutes, please call the Chicopee Water Department during regular business hours at 413-594-3420.
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