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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Hydrant Flushing Starting April 3

The Westford Water Department will be flushing water mains in starting in Greystone (Russell’s Way neighborhood), Route 40, and Nabnasset, as part of our comprehensive maintenance program beginning the first week of April and continuing until completed (most likely in May).   Additional areas of town may be added as time allows.  Flushing will be performed between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  This program involves opening fire hydrants and valves to create increased water flows which dislodge and remove naturally occurring sediment in the water mains.  Flushing is critical to maintain water quality and main carrying capacity.

 As a result of the flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water and/or low pressure.  This discoloration is harmless, and does not affect the safety of the water.  If you experience discolored water, we advise you wait until flushing is completed for the day then run your cold water (the bathroom tub is best) until clear (may take up to 20 minutes).   Running your hot water will draw the discoloration into your hot water heater or appliance, which should be avoided.  We recommend not doing laundry during flushing in your area.    

Streets or neighborhoods to be flushed are listed each day at the Water department website.    Since weather and length of time necessary to flush each hydrant can vary considerably, we are generally unable to schedule flushing more than a day or two in advance.

If you have concerns regarding the flushing program, please call the Water Department at 978-692-5529. We appreciate your patience while we continuously work to protect our water quality.


Westford Water Department