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September 23, 2011

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Please be advised that the hydrant flushing program for all fire hydrants on the Town of Newton water system will begin on Saturday September 24, 2011 and run through Friday, September 30, 2011. The flushing for the water customers in Sparta and Andover will be conducted on Saturday, September 24, 2011 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The flushing for the water customers in Newton will be conducted from Sunday, September 25, 2011 through Friday, September 30, 2011 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

The flushing schedule will be interrupted only for inclement weather or emergency utility work. We apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused by the flushing operations.  During the above dates, water customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. These conditions result from the dislodging of materials in the water distribution mains. The discoloration of the water is not harmful and will disappear shortly. However, it is strongly recommended that water customers refrain from laundering clothing while the water is discolored. Washing clothes with discolored water, which is caused by iron, may result in permanent stains on some fabrics.  Flushing of all fire hydrants in the water system is a regular operation of the Newton Water Department, which is generally repeated twice each year during the spring and fall seasons to prevent a heavy build-up of iron in the distribution lines.

A reminder that tomorrow is the celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Newton Fire Department. The event will commence at Noon at the Newton Fire Museum on Spring Street. Hope to see you there!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7:00pm. Prior to the meeting, at 6:00pm, will be a ceremony in front of the Police Department, recognizing the new Police Monument that was graciously donated by Robert McCracken of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home.

Enjoy your weekend!