Hydrant Flushing Notice

Hydrant Flushing
The Borough of Alpha Water Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program on Monday, April 29th, 2024. Hydrant flushing will take place Monday to Friday from 7 am to 2 pm. The program may take up to 3 weeks to complete.

 The main purpose of this program is to make sure the Boroughs fire hydrants are operating properly, through periodic inspections, flow testing, and preventative maintenance. Additionally, a pro-active hydrant flushing program is the key to lessening water quality problems by removing iron and manganese mineral deposits from the water line.

 Fire hydrant flushing may cause temporary inconveniences such as lower water pressure and aesthetic issues such as discoloration of the drinking water. Discolored water poses no threat to the public’s health, but it may stain laundry and if consumed may have an unpleasant taste. Residents should be certain that all discolored water is out of their home’s plumbing and hot water heater before washing clothes or drinking.

Although residents may experience some temporary inconveniences, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for both firefighting and domestic purposes. Your cooperation with this program is appreciated. If you continue to notice discolored water in your home, please flush your system by running COLD water from your tub for approximately 5 minutes and/or flushing your toilet several times. If the discoloration persists, please feel free to contact the Borough Water Department at (908) 454-3143