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Water authority is doing spring cleaning

EVANS — The Erie County Water Authority began its annual main flushing program the week of April 28. Work is being done in the towns of Clarence, Evans, West Seneca, Lancaster and the village of Lancaster.

The main flushing program is a routine systematic flushing of all dead end mains within the ECWA’s distribution system. It is done annually by the ECWA as a preventative maintenance procedure that is designed to improve water quality and service delivery, within the Erie County Water District.

Over time, the dead-end sections of water mains can accumulate sediments and other solids, that may reduce the carrying capacity of the water main and may be a source of water color, taste and odor problems. Main flushing will remove these substances and will also help to identify areas in the system that need additional maintenance or improvement, as time goes forward.

“With 3,649 miles of water mains, throughout our extensive distribution system, the annual main flushing program helps us prevent sediment build-up and cost effectively improve water quality and service delivery, on behalf of our customers,” said ECWA Chairperson Francis G. Warthling.

Flushing is done by partially opening a hydrant or a blow off located near the affected area. The hydrant or blow off is kept open until all sediments have been removed.

Main flushing will be done Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m.-4p.m. and will continue until the fall, weather permitting. Customers who live in areas where the main flushing occurs may experience low pressure and discolored water.

These conditions are temporary and will subside after the flushing is completed. If discoloration occurs, customers should run the cold water tap at the lowest point of their residence or business until the water runs clear. Clothing should not be laundered if water is discolored or staining could result.

Water quality will not be adversely affected and the water is safe to drink during the main flushing procedure.

For more information on the flushing process or an individual residence’s water, call the ECWA at 684-0900.

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