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Spring Hydrant Flushing to Begin April 29


Spring hydrant flushing will begin on Monday, April 29 and run through Friday, May 24 in the City of New Brunswick.

Our 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 29-May 3 is as follows:

  • Monday, April 29 – (nighttime flushing) Livingston Avenue, Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Railroad Avenue
  • Tuesday, April 30 – (nighttime flushing) Lee Avenue, Remsen Avenue, Throop Avenue, Commercial Avenue/Paul Robeson Boulevard
  • Wednesday, May 1 – (daytime flushing) Jones Avenue, Nichol Avenue, Pine Street, Hazelhurst Street, South Ward Street
  • Thursday, May 2  – (nighttime flushing) Dewey Heights, Raritan Gardens, Rutgers Village neighborhoods
  • Friday, May 3 – No flushing is scheduled for this date