The reduced use of office buildings and closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic have decreased the use of water and in some cases, water has been sitting in mains. Over the past month, some of you may have noticed discolored water from time to time. To ensure our customers receive the highest water quality and continued supply of clean fresh water, it is necessary to flush the hydrants and water mains in your area.

Passaic Valley Water Commission will flush mains during the week of June 9, 2020, in the section of Paterson bound by Crook Ave at the Clifton border to the south, Lakeview Ave to the east, 20th Ave to the north, and E Railway Ave/Madison Ave to the west. The hydrant and main flushing is anticipated to last about two weeks.

So that our customers are minimally impacted, system flushing will occur between the hours of 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM Monday – Friday. During the flushing customers may experience low pressure and/or discolored water. Should this happen, please let your cold water tap run until the water is clear. If you discover discolored hot water, make sure to flush your hot water long enough to clear all discolored water from the water heater. Although the water is safe for use during this time, please avoid washing clothes in discolored water as stains may occur.

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Passaic Valley Water Commission apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause its customers. If you have questions or issues, please contact our customer service department at 973-340-4300 and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Editor's note: a previous version of this article contained a typographical error in the headline