The Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works will be flushing water mains throughout the Town beginning Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24. Hydrant flushing is performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The purpose of flushing is to remove sediment buildup in the mains and to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves. The flushing may result in reduced water pressure and temporary discoloration of the water caused by small particles dislodged from water mains.
Any discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry – especially white materials – and may also stain plumbing fixtures. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist.
Prior to washing clothes please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If the water is discolored, let the cold water run for a minute or two to begin clearing. If it does not clear at that time, try again later. Unfortunately, the Town cannot guarantee the safety of doing laundry and there is a possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day since the water system has been disturbed. Please check your water carefully before doing laundry and inspect the laundry before drying.
The Wellesley Water & Sewer Division appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call us at 781-235-7600, ext. 3355.