Town Announces Annual Water Main Flushing Program (Watch For Rusty Water)

(Below is an announcement that was published in the town’s latest Town Topics newsletter.  According to an update the Water Department’s website, the program is set to begin on Tuesday, April 21.)


Starting in mid April, the Water Department will begin its annual water main flushing and valve exercising program. The flushing program will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. The program will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

The goal of the flushing program is to enhance the water quality throughout the Town of Wilmington. By strategically opening and closing water main valves, water is flushed through the pipes at a higher than normal velocity. Please be aware that since flushing scours and removes minerals that have accumulated in the mains, residents may experience discolored or rusty water during the program. The water is safe to drink. However, we suggest that our residents check the water before doing laundry to avoid staining clothing and other items. Running the cold water for a few minutes should clear up any discoloration.

If you have any questions or problems with your water, please call the Water Division at (978) 658-4711.

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