GLEN ROCK, NJ - Ridgewood Water is scheduled to begin hydrant flushing throughout its four service municipalities: Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Wyckoff, beginning Sunday evening, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.

The borough announced the system maintenance program as "essential" because it helps them to provide "high-quality water service."

In order to cleanse the system, the borough has to systematically open the fire hydrants to increase water flows. This allows them to "flush" any minerals and deposits from the pipes that may have accumulated.

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While flushing the system will not interrupt water service, when crews are working in the area, there may be a noticeable but temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. If this happens, simply let the water run until it is clear. There are no health concerns associated with the minerals that get stirred up, but residents are urged to avoid doing laundry while crews are working.

Questions on routes, maps or schedules can be directed to Neil Gallone, Jr. at 201-670-3372 (M-F 7:30am - 3:30pm) or ngallone@ridgewoodnj.net.

Customer Tips:

  • Tap water may be discolored while crews are flushing in your area; (9:00 pm to 4:30 am) so you should avoid the use of washing machines and dishwashers during those hours. Even when the water is discolored, the water is safe for consumption.
  • Discolored water may linger in your pipes after the flushing work has been completed. If so, run the cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Before using the washing machine or dishwasher, check a nearby faucet for discolored water and run the water until it runs clear at the tap. If your laundry inadvertently becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and a rust remover such as "Red B Gone." This product will be available from Ridgewood Water if needed at no cost to consumers and can be picked up at designated Ridgewood Water Department facilities. For more information, call Ridgewood Water at 201-670-5520. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures such as sinks, tubs and toilets.
  • If water pressure or water volume at the tap seems unusually low after flushing has been completed in your area, check your faucet aerators for trapped particles. If after doing so, the problem still exists, you should contact Ridgewood Water.