PAW begins flushing of service area

By THE DAILY NEWS Pennsylvania American Water will begin flushing its distribution system in Elizabeth Township , Clairton, Dravosburg, West Elizabeth, Elizabeth and Forward Township . The flushing will run from Monday through June 12 to ensure customers receive the highest quality and dependable water service, according to the water company. The four-week project will be conducted Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to minimize disruptions of customer water service. It will consist of crews opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time. The procedure will allow PAW to flush sediments from water mains to improve water quality, verify fire hydrants and valves are working properly and ensure the integrity of the water system. Temporary service disruptions may include


discolored water. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water. Customers are advised to allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify water is clear, run the cold-water tap for a few minutes. The discolored water should dissipate after a few hours. Customer tips for use during hydrant flushing that may lessen some of the potential for temporary disruptions are: Avoid washing laundry, especially whites and use of the dishwasher due to the water containing sediment that may impair the clothes- and dishwashing process. Check your faucet screen because loose particles may become trapped in your faucet from the hydrant flushing, which may affect water color and pressure. Watch for flushing crews and drive carefully when traveling through an area where crews are present. Customers are encouraged to call the PAW customer service center with questions or for more information at 800-565-7292.

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