BEDMINSTER, NJ -- The township has been schedule to have its pipes flushed via its fire hydrants later this month.

New Jersey American Water will be scrubbing pipes in Bedminster Township between May 26 and May 31.

To cleanse the system, New Jersey American Water systematically opens the fire hydrants to increase water flows, facilitating the flushing of any minerals and deposits from the pipes. While flushing the system won’t interrupt water service, when crews are working in a specific area, residents may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. If this happens, residents are advised to simply let the water run until it is clear.

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Customer Tips from New Jersey American Water

  • Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.
  • If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clear. This will allow the sediment to work its way through your pipes.
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.

If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.