The Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works conducts twice-yearly flushing of water mains. 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 temporary discoloration of the water, caused by small particles dislodged during the flushing as well as possible reduction in pressure. Therefore, the Division recommends restricting water usage.
Discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry, especially white materials as well as the possible staining of plumbing fixtures. Therefore, please avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist.
Prior to washing clothes, including times after the hours stated in this notice, please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If 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 fully guarantee the safety of doing laundry and/or the possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day as the water system has been disturbed. Therefore, please check your water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before it is dried.
Hydrant flushing is performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Wellesley Water and Sewer Division appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you would like additional information, please call the Water Division at 235-7600 ext. 3355.