A reminder that the Pittsfield Department of Public Utilities will begin flushing city fire hydrants this Monday, April 26th. Water mains with be flushed throughout the city over a 4-week period in order to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products according to a press release posted to the city’s website.  Water mains will be flushed Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 3 p.m.

The flushing project will begin at the town line on Dalton Ave. Crews will work to the west through Coltsville and will include lower Crane Avenue, Meadowview neighborhood, following Cheshire Road north.

Hubbard Avenue and Downing Parkway.

Starting at the town line on East Street working west through the McIntosh and Parkside neighborhoods.

Elm Street neighborhoods west to the intersection of East Street.

Starting at the town line on Williams Street working west including Mountain Drive, Ann

Drive, East New Lenox Road and Holmes Road neighborhoods.

Residents will experience discolored water and a reduction in water pressure during the flushing of their neighborhood’s hydrants. The press release states “appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that proper levels of treatment and disinfections are maintained in the system at all times. If customers experience discolored water, they should let the water run for a short period to clear it prior to use. If discolored water or low-pressure conditions persist, please contact the Water Department at 499-9339.”

The Pittsfield Department of Public Utilities reminds residents that the flushing of hydrants “is an important operating procedure that contributes significantly to the maintenance of the water quality in the water distribution system. The department regrets any inconvenience during this time.”

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