BARNEGAT, NJ - Monday, the Barnegat Water & Sewer Department started west of the Garden State Parkway in conducting its spring fire hydrant flushing program. The township engages in this procedure as a means of ensuring water quality. Once the western part of the project is completed, the hydrants will be flushed on the east side of the parkway.

“During this time, a temporary discoloration and loss of water pressure may be noticed,” advised Committeewoman Linda Kropf. “Residents should not be alarmed.”

According to Kropf, the water should clear up after running the tap for a short period of time. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” Kropf said. “But this is an important task to keep our water safe.”

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Notably, the local water department has adjusted normal work schedules. This was done to accommodate social distancing requirements mandated as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Sewer operations are limited to daily required duties for safety. For now, all video inspections of sewer lines are suspended. The only exception is new homes.