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.  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.

Zone 3, 4 and 5 flushing- June 8, 2021:  Flushing will last approximately 10-15 business days, weather permitting.  The hours of flushing will be 8:30am to 3pm.

The area of flushing will begin on 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.

Residents and businesses, along with surrounding neighborhoods may experience low water pressure, discolored water, and temporary disruptions in water service during the scheduled flushing. Anyone who may experience flushing-related disturbances are advised to run your cold–water faucets until the water runs clear. 

As we move through each zone of the City, we will update this web page and send out RAVE alerts to subscribed residents and businesses who will be affected. Click here to subscribe – https://www.woburnma.gov/subscribe/

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Water 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