Long Island American Water will be flushing its water distribution system this fall to preserve water quality. Water officials say this is an essential part of the company’s maintenance program, and is performed to clear harmless mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up over time inside the pipes. The process also includes flushing fire hydrants to make sure they are operational and to check flows in the system.
In the Valley Stream area, flushing will take place from Oct. 2-12. When the system is being flushed, customers may notice a drop in water pressure or may experience discolored water. This is a normal part of the process. Customers are advised to let their water run until it is clear.
To prepare for the system flushing, customers are advised to draw water for cooking ahead of time, and store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking. Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. If laundry becomes stained, rewash it immediately using a heavy duty detergent and add a rust remover.
In some cases, slight discoloration may linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect the water quality. If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been complete, check faucet screens for trapped particles.
For more information on Long Island American Water’s flushing program, please visit www.amwater.com.