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Citywide Hydrant Flushing to Take Place April 30 Through May 18

Spring hydrant flushing will begin on April 30 and run through May 18 in the City of New Brunswick.

Citywide hydrant flushing programs are conducted twice a year to remove iron deposits that build up in water mains. Discoloration may occur as a result of flushing, but water remains safe for use.The discoloration seen in water during the flushing process is due to iron being dislodged from pipes by water pressure, a necessary maintenance step to maintain water quality and flow.Residents are advised to avoid using hot water or doing laundry until discoloration disappears, as iron deposits can built up in hot water heaters and possibly stain laundry.Most City fire hydrants will be flushed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., but some daytime flushing will occur as well.The schedule for flushing for the week of April 30-May 4 is as follows:


  • Monday, April 30 – (nighttime flushing) Livingston Avenue, Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Railroad Avenue
  • Tuesday, May 1 – (nighttime flushing) Lee Avenue, Remsen Avenue, Throop Avenue and Commercial Avenue
  • Wednesday, May 2 – (nighttime  flushing)- Jones Avenue, Nichol Avenue, Pine Street, Hazlehurst Street andTalmadge Street
  • Thursday, May 3 – (nighttime flushing) – Rutgers Village neighborhood, Dewey Heights neighborhood and Raritan Gardens neighborhood
  • Friday, May 4 – No flushing is scheduled for this date