WARREN, NJ - New Jersey American Water began routine flushing of the water distribution system this week. Work is expected to continue through May 17 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to ensure high-quality water service.
Flushing allows the water company to monitor and maintain fire hydrants. New Jersey American Water will be opening fire hydrants to increase water flows and “flush” sediment from its pipes. When hydrants are being flushed, customers may notice a drop in water pressure or may experience discolored water. This is a normal part of the process. New Jersey American Water advises customers to let their water run until it is clear.
When crews are working in the area, you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If your water is discolored, wait until it runs clear before using. This should typically take only a few minutes. 
New Jersey American Water is offering its customers the following additional tips while mains are being flushed:
Avoid running your tap water, using the washing machine or dishwasher
while crews are flushing.
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 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 may linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality.
If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.
For updates and more information, please visit amwater.com and click on Alert Notifications.