City Doctor: "Well, Pittsfield, how are you feeling?"

Pittsfield: "Honestly Doc, I feel flushed."

(COLLECTIVE GROAN)

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Just a friendly reminder to Pittsfield residents, Monday, May 3, marks the beginning of week 2 for the flushing of Pittsfield's water system.

According to a press release from the City of Pittsfield and the Mayor's Office, water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants over the next three weeks to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products. Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday each week, except holidays, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Flushing is a very important procedure. Not only does the flushing of hydrants ensure adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, but it also improves the quality of the water by removing iron and other mineral deposits from the water mains.

The upcoming flushing for next week is expected to affect the following areas:

  • Starting at Unkamet Park Drive heading west up to North Street working north to the Broadway and Lake Streets neighborhood.
  • Starting at Plastics Avenue moving west on Dalton Avenue including the Allendale and Allengate neighborhoods. Then moving west onto Tyler Street into the Morningside neighborhood, including Springside Avenue, pushing west to North Street.
  • Lincoln and Fenn streets, Silver Lake, Wendell Avenue, and the surrounding vicinity, pushing west to North Street.
  • South Mountain and Tamarack roads, Dan Fox Drive, and south to the Pittsfield-Lenox line.

The city would like you to keep in mind that although flushing may cause localized discolored water and reduced service pressure conditions in and around the immediate area of flushing, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that proper levels of treatment and disinfections are maintained in the system at all times.

And a reminder that if you do experience discolored water, you should let your water run for a short period to clear it before you use it. If discolored water or low pressure conditions persist, please contact the Water Department at 499-9339.

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