Hydrant flushing will begin on October 28th. We plan to follow the normal route which is posed online at flushing.topsfieldpublicworks.org
Flushing removes sediment from the water mains, identifies hydrants in need of repair and checks system fire flows. Customers will have rust colored or black water while the water mains are flushed and for a period afterwards. The work will be conducted on weeknights from 9 PM until 1 AM to minimize the disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Manganese levels in areas being flushed will be higher than normal and may exceed levels described in the drinking water advisory issued in November 2013. Do not drink, cook or make formula with the discolored water. Avoid using hot water while the cold water is discolored. Doing so will allow sediment to accumulate in your hot water tank and will take longer for the hot water to clear.
October 11th Update: Flushing will not start until October 21st as we investigate some valve issues.
October 17th Update: We've located a broken valve that needs to be replaced before flushing can begin. Flushing will not start until October 28th at the earliest. Given the late start, it is unlikely that we'll be able to complete the whole project before cold weather arrives.