Hydrant Flushing Notice

As part of our annual water maintenance program, Berlin’s Public Works employees will be flushing hydrants during the month of October. Flushing will occur from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Because water mains are typically looped together, you may notice that your service is affected even if hydrants are being flushed several blocks away. During the flushing process, there may be a slight discoloration of the water caused by sediment or rust being flushed from the water mains. If you experience discoloration please do not be alarmed, your water will clear up once it is run for a short time.

Should you experience rusty colored water, we suggest you run the COLD WATER from the faucet nearest to the water meter (laundry tub, outside faucet) to flush the service. Running hot water will bring the sediment into your hot water heater where it might settle. We suggest, that during this period, you may not want to do laundry during the hours listed above. Possible discoloration in the water can stain light-colored clothing. To be safe, run your cold-water faucet just prior to starting the wash.

Please note that your water is safe for all other uses. The Borough performs annual flushing of hydrants for several reasons which include: 1. Safety - to ensure the proper operation of each hydrant. 2. To clean out rust and sediment that may settle naturally in the system piping. 3. To exercise the hydrants and to do preventive maintenance.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.