ELIZABETH, NJ - This month, New Jersey American Water will perform the annual cleaning of the Liberty Water distribution system to ensure customers continue to receive high-quality, reliable water service.

Beginning on October 12 and lasting for three to four weeks, the company will flush out harmless mineral deposits that may have built up in the pipes’ inner walls.

Hydrant flushing will be performed by local contractor ValveTek.

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Flushing the water mains involves loosening sediment by pumping a high velocity of water into the pipes then out through open fire hydrants. While water mains are being cleaned, it is common for customers to notice short periods of low water pressure or discolored water.

If customers experience temporary water discoloration, New Jersey American Water/Liberty Water recommends running the cold water until it is clear.

The following steps are also encouraged:

• Draw water for cooking prior to the flushing period.

• Store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.

• Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher.

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

Customers will be notified when the flushing is scheduled for their neighborhood by the City of Elizabeth through various forms of communication, including reverse 911 calls, a notice on the city’s website, www.elizabethnj.org, and on the city’s social media pages.

For more information, customers can also call 855-722-7066.