Netcong Borough Hydrant Flushing Program

The Borough of Netcong will be conducting hydrant flushing beginning April 4th through April 9th. The work will be performed throughout the entire water system during non-peak water usage hours between 10:00pm and 5:00am and will minimize disruption of water service. Please do not be alarmed if Borough employees are working at a hydrant near your home.

What is hydrant flushing?
Hydrant flushing is the process of opening each fire hydrant and forcing water through the mains of our distribution system to dislodge small particles of rust and sediment that have built up over time. Although the sediment does not pose a health risk, it can result in discolored water when water travels through the mains during periods of peak demand. Hydrant flushing is an essential function of the Water Department to help maintain the delivery of quality water to its customers.

How will hydrant flushing affect me?
Customers may experience discolored water for short periods of time and low water pressure while flushing is being done in their neighborhoods. The discoloration is not a health hazard and should clear after running your cold water faucet for 15 minutes.

Can I use my water during the hydrant flushing?
We recommend that you refrain from using water for drinking, cooking, doing laundry, running dishwashers and toilet flushing between 10:00pm – 5:00am. In the morning, it is advisable to run your cold water tap until the water runs clear prior to using any appliances such as; dishwashers, washing machines, and hot/cold water dispensing units, to name a few. This will assist in removing sediment that may have been introduced into your system by water use during the flushing period.

When should I contact the Borough Water Department?
Any water discoloration you may experience should end within a day after flushing in your area has ended. Should discoloration continue beyond this point, please call the Municipal Building to request further information at 973-347-0252, weekdays, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm.

The Borough of Netcong Water Department thanks you in advance for your cooperation with this program.

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