Montclair Water Bureau to complete spring fire hydrant testing.
The Montclair Water Bureau recently alerted residents that there will be spring fire hydrant flushing coming next week. Starting Monday, March 30 the Montclair Water Bureau will begin conducting the spring fire hydrant flushing and inspection program, which will be performed Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
According to the announcement, the high service area is the “section west of Upper Mountain Avenue and South Mountain Avenue to Cedar Grove and Verona town lines. Starting first from Watchung Avenue, working north to the Little Falls town line. Second from Watchung Avenue working south to West Orange.” The middle service area is the “section from Grove Street west to Upper Mountain Avenue and South Mountain Avenue. Starting first from Watchung Avenue, working north to the Little Falls town line. Second working from Watchung Avenue south to the West Orange township line.” The low service area is the “section East of Grove Street/Elm Street to Glen Ridge town line. Starting from Mount Hebron Road and working south to the West Orange township line.”
This program is designed to flush water mains, remove accumulated sediment in the lines and to operate, lubricate and test fire hydrants to insure adequate fire protection. According to the Water Bureau, there may be unavoidable discoloration of water and some loss of pressure during flushing times in your area. Discolored water could occur at any time during the flushing period but more likely when hydrants are flushed in your neighborhood. This will be temporary and should clear up within a short time. The bureau states that if any resident experiences discolored water, open the cold water faucets on the lowest floor of the house and allow the water to run until it clears (usually within 30 minutes). Discolored or cloudy water is potable, but not desirable to use.
Residents are also reminded to make sure that their water is running clear before washing laundry.