Flushing

Annual Water Service Flushing Program

The City of Woburn Water Department will be conducting water system flushing throughout the City beginning Monday, May 10, 2021.  System flushing will continue through the next few months (Completed August 26, 2021).  Flushing of the water system will be conducted on weekdays between the hours of 8:30am to 3pm.  The program will be completed in zones to minimize any potential impacts to water quality and service.  Water services will be flushed by releasing water from selected hydrants in each zone.  We will update this web page and send out RAVE alerts to subscribed residents and businesses that will be affected as we move through each zone of the City. Click here to subscribe – https://www.woburnma.gov/subscribe/

What are the benefits of flushing?

Water system flushing is an effective method of improving water quality and is an integral component of our water utility’s distribution maintenance program.

Are there any short term adverse impacts from water flushing?

Water system flushing can cause temporary reductions in water pressure and discolored water from increased levels of dissolved iron. Discolored water due to increased levels of dissolved iron may not be aesthetically pleasing, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is not a public health threat. The Woburn Water Department is making every effort to minimize potential impacts from the program and will closely monitor water quality and water pressure while flushing.  Anyone who may experience flushing-related disturbances are advised to let the cold–water faucets run until it clears.

Should Residents take any special precautions?

In general, you do not have to take any special precautions: however, some customers, such as hospitals, medical facilities, and businesses that use water in their manufacturing or cleaning process, may want to closely monitor their water quality and water pressure while the flushing program is underway.

Where are you flushing?

The program will be completed in zones to minimize any potential impacts to water quality and service.  Water services will be flushed by releasing water from selected hydrants in each zone.

The City of Woburn will continue water system flushing in – ALL ZONES COMPLETED 

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Water System Flushing Program please contact the Woburn Water Department at 781-897-5945

Completed Zones:

Zone 1 flushing- May 10, 2021: Cambridge Road to Lexington Street, Garden Street, Burlington Street, and Pleasant St. – COMPLETED 

Zone 2 flushing- May 11, 2021:  Lake Avenue to Arlington Road, Warren Avenue, and Main Street – COMPLETED 

Zone 15 flushing – May 25, 2021:  Cambridge Road north to the Burlington line.  Will then move from Russell Street and Lexington Street west to the Lexington line. – COMPLETED

Zone 3, 4 and 5 flushing- June 8, 2021: Main Street at Green Street crossing Vernon Street to Montvale Avenue.  Continuing from Montvale Avenue to Wood Street over to Salem Street to the Stoneham town line. They will then flush from the Stoneham town line and move through to the Winchester town line then back to Main Street at Border Street. – COMPLETED

Zone 6 flushing-  Monday, June 28, 2021:  Flushing will begin at Montvale Avenue at Wood Street and continue down to Main Street.  This area includes all streets south of Montvale Avenue to Green Street along with the Montvale Ave high pressure areas off of Bow Street and Montvale Avenue. – COMPLETED 

Zone 7 and 8 flushing-  Tuesday, July 6,  2021:   Burlington Street to the Burlington Town Line. Bedford Road at Kilby Street to Cambridge Road to Lexington Street. Pleasant Street to Winn Street, Main Street at Winn Street, Clinton Street including Park Street, Mishawum Road to Beach Street and Cleveland Avenue.- COMPLETED 

Zone 9 and Zone 10 – July 26, 2021:  Clinton Street at Main Street to the Rotary.  Clinton Street at Mishawum Road over to School street.  This will include Middle Street and Forest Park Road.  They will then continue to the Wyman Street and Lowell Street Area to the Burlington town line. – COMPLETED

Zone 11 and Zone 12 – to begin on Tuesday, August 3, 2021- The area of flushing will be Beach Street at Cleveland Avenue.  Cleveland Avenue to Salem Street.  Salem Street to Washington Street including Wood Street and Wildwood Ave. They will continue north on Washington Street to Olympia Avenue then move west to Mishawum Road which will include Maple Avenue and Lillian Street.  They will move over to Washington Street at Mishawum Road and will continue to Industrial Parkway, Commerce Way,  New Boston Street, Washington Street to the Reading Town Line including Dragon Ct. –COMPLETED

Zone 13 and Zone 14 starting Thursday, August 12, 2021 – The area of flushing will be Main Street at the 128 rotary and will continue north to the Wilmington town Line.    This will include all streets east and west of Main Street along with Forest Park Road, Alfred Street Fletcher Road, School Street, New Boston Street and the Dartmouth Street area.- COMPLETED