Flushing

Annual Water Service Flushing Program

The City of Woburn Water Department will be conducting water system flushing throughout the City beginning Monday, March 20, 2023.  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://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 be flushing in:

Zone 3, 4 and 5 flushing- March 20, 2023: 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.

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: 

Program to begin on March 20, 2023.

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