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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Hydrant-Flushing Program

Hydrant Flushing

The program will begin on Sunday, September 8th at 9:00 pm.

The Township of South Orange Village will begin its hydrant-flushing program on Sunday, September 8th at 9:00 pm and run each night thereafter for approximately 10 days. To minimize the impact on demand, the flushing will occur each night between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 am.  The Township will begin the flushing in the most northwest portion of the Village and systematically work to the southeast.

Each year, as an essential part of our system maintenance program, the South Orange Village Water Utility flushes fire hydrants. This process helps us to continue to provide you with high-quality water service. To cleanse the system, the South Orange Village Water Utility systematically opens our fire hydrants to increase water flows – allowing us to "flush" any minerals and deposits from the pipes. While flushing the system won't interrupt your water service, when crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is discoloration is normal. If you are experiencing any discolored water simply let your water run until it is clear.

Customer Tips

Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.

If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it is clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.

Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.

If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.


Please contact the Howard Levison, the Township of South Orange Village Water Utility Administrator, at 973-378-7715 x7760 with any questions or issues.


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