NJ American Water 2018 Hydrant Flushing, Chlorine Taste

Each year, New Jersey American Water scrubs our pipes in the nearly 200 communities we serve. This is an essential part of our system maintenance program, because it helps us to continue to provide you with high-quality water service.

To cleanse the system, we systematically open our fire hydrants to increase water flows – allowing us to “flush” any minerals and deposits from the pipes. While flushing the system won’t interrupt your water service, when crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. If this happens, simply let your water run until it is clear.

For residents who are concerned about the taste of chlorine in your drinking water, please be advised that NJ American Water uses disinfectant to keep water clean of bacteria. NJ American Water makes sure the water is at a safe drinking level for its customers. If you are concerned about the taste of chlorine in your water, please call NJ American Water for more information at 1-800-652-6987 or visit their website at www.amwater.com.

(Note from the Department of Public Works: We have not received any notification on when or where the fire hydrants are being flushed. NJ American Water will normally flush the hydrants throughout the Township once a year, around the middle to end of October. This is part of their annual maintenance of the water system. In the past they would notify the Township of the dates that they will be in the Township but no exact locations are given, since it is done Township-wide. This is the only information we have available at this time, but we will notify residents when we receive further information from the water company.)

Customer Tips

  • Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.
  • If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.

If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

Customer Service Center Contact Phone: 1-800-272-1325