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South Hingham water system flushing begins May 17

By Jason Alexander
Updated May 13, 2020

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Starting on Sunday, May 17th, Aquarion Water Company will begin flushing water mains and hydrants in sections of South Hingham.  Flushing activities will take place overnight, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., in order to minimize any disruption to customers.

Essential Water System Maintenance

As a water provider, Aquarion provides an essential service.  Water utilities are part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “critical infrastructure sectors,” as safe drinking water is critical to protecting public health.  This program is being undertaken to ensure customers continue to receive safe, reliable drinking water.  The federal government recognizes that safe, clean reliable provision of water is essential, especially now as towns are dealing with a public health emergency.

According to the company website, it is currently operating under an emergency pandemic plan. As part of  that plan, the company asks customers to recognize the essential work being done by its employees, and reminds them to adhere to social distancing rules for everyone’s safety.  If a customer sees a crew performing work in their area, and wishes to ask a question about it, they are encouraged to visit www.aquarionwater.com or the company’s Facebook page, or call Customer Service at 1-800-732-9678.

Helpful Water System Flushing Program Information

Flushing can potentially result in episodes of decreased water pressure or discoloration.  Discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within the piping network which can stir up naturally-occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains.  The objective of the water main and hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from the pipes, and this is accomplished by flushing water out of the fire hydrants.

If you live in or near the target flushing areas listed below, Aquarion recommends that you store water in your refrigerator for drinking and cooking in case you experience any disruptions in service.  Also, if you notice any water discoloration, they suggest that you refrain from using hot water and run cold water until the water is clear again. For any other questions, customers can explore the company’s Discolored Water FAQ or call Aquarion’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-732-9678.

A “Code Red” will be issued each day to customers living on streets that will be flushed later that night.  To keep customers informed about scheduled/unscheduled work, Aquarion utilizes a CodeRED notification system to call affected customers.  Aquarion encourages customers to sign up for this free service at www.aquarionwater.com/alerts-and-outages.

FLUSHING SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 17th

Sunday, May 17th

Colonial Road, Constitution Road, Hancock Road, Independence Lane

Liberty Pole Road, Loring Hill Road, Main Street, Pioneer Road

Monday, May 18th

Brewster Road, Colonial Road, Highfield Road, Pilgrim Road, Puritan Road, Westmoreland Street, Winthrop Road

Tuesday, May 19th

Colonial Road, Cushing Street, Flintlock Circle, Hancock Road, Hitching Post Lane, Liberty Pole Road, Minuteman Road, Patriots Way, Pioneer Road, Puritan Road, Stagecoach Road, Volunteer Road

Wednesday, May 20th

Colonial Road, Cushing Street, Flintlock Circle, Hancock Road, Hitching Post Lane, Liberty Pole Road, Minuteman Road, Patriots Way, Pioneer Road, Puritan Road, Stagecoach Road, Volunteer Road.

Thursday, May 21st

Apple Tree Lane, Cushing Street, First Lane, Leclair Drive, Plymouth River Road, Sunset Lane

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