June 15th Update: The remaining flushing shifts have been cancelled. Water demand remains high and stream flow is now below the mandatory water restriction trigger. A mandatory water restriction will be implemented on Monday, June 18th. The next round of flushing is scheduled to begin in October 2018.
June 13th Update: Flushing has been postponed until futher notice due to high water demand. Weather forecasts indicate warmer weather for the next week and Ipswich River stream flows are dropping. The remaining flushing shifts will probably be cancelled because demand is expected to increase and mandatory water restrictions will likely be in effect by the end of next week at the latest.
Hydrant flushing will begin on May 2nd. Work has been further delayed due to the installation of an altitude valve at the Boston Street storage tank. We plan to follow the normal route which is posed onlne at flushing.topsfieldpublicworks.org
Flushing removes sediment from the water mains, identifies hydrants in need of repair and checks system fire flows. Customers will have rust colored or black water while the water mains are flushed and for a period afterwards. The work will be conducted on weeknights from 9 PM until 1 AM to minimize the disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Manganese levels in areas being flushed will be higher than normal and may exceed levels described in the drinking water advisory issued in November 2013. Do not drink, cook or make formula with the discolored water. Avoid using hot water while the cold water is discolored. Doing so will allow sediment to accumulate in your hot water tank and will take longer for the hot water to clear.