Flushing

Annual Water Service Flushing Program

The City of Woburn Water Department will be conducting water system flushing throughout the City (2024 TBD)  System flushing will continue through the next few months.  Flushing of the water system will be conducted on weekdays between the hours of 9am 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://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.

To check what zone your neighborhood is in – Click Here -to do a street search.

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 (2023): 

 Zone 3, 4 and 5 – 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. –COMPLETE

 Zone 11 and Zone 12 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. – COMPLETE 

Zone 13 and Zone 14 – The area of flushing will be Main Street at the 128 rotary and will move north to the Wilmington town line.  This area will include all streets east and west of Main Street including Forest Park Road, Fletcher Road, New Boston Street and the Dartmouth Street area.-COMPLETE

Zone 9 and  Zone 10The area of flushing will include Clinton Street at Main Street and continue to the rotary.  Clinton Street at Mishawum Road over to School Street.  Included are Middle Street, Forest Park Road, Wyman Street and Lowell Street area over to the Burlington town line in both directions. – COMPLETE

Zone 1 and Zone 2: The area of flushing will be Lake Ave, Cambridge Road, Lexington Street, Garden Street, Burlington Street, and Pleasant Street along with Arlington Road, Warren Avenue, and parts of Main Street.-COMPLETE

Zone 15 – Start on Cambridge Road and continue north to the Burlington Town line.  Flushing will then move from Russell Street and Lexington Street west to the Lexington Town line.-COMPLETE

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