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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Hydrant Flushing - Town of Ashland - 2018

The Town of Ashland will be conducting their annual hydrant flushing program beginning Monday April 30,2018 and will continue until completed.

Hydrant flushing is done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution system. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection encourages all public water supplies to complete hydrant flushing. While flushing hydrants in your neighborhood you may experience temporary discoloration of water in your home. High velocity flows during flushing scour sediment from inside the water mains and distribution system. While most of the sediment is flushed from the pipes, a small amount will remain suspended in the water and may cause the temporary discoloration.

We recommend residents to refrain from water use while flushing is occurring in your neighborhood. Once hydrant flushing is done in your area, please make sure that both your hot and cold water are running clear. The Department of Public Works recommends running the hot and cold water faucets in your home for five to ten minutes after flushing is completed in your area. It is also recommended to change the water filter if you have a whole house filtration system installed in your home.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public works office at 508-881-0120. or email at

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