NEW BRITAIN â€“ The City of New Britainâ€™s Water Department will start its water main flushing program April 4, a system that is conducted every year.
In a statement, Mayor Erin Stewart said the annual water main flush program is a requirement by State of Connecticut Department of Public Health regulations. Additionally, Stewart said the Water Department will flush all dead-end lines within the entire distribution system.Â
The state requires the program be completed by June 17. Stewart said work will be completed on first and/or second shifts to minimize water gutter flow during peak traffic times and disruptions to water services. She explained the process involved is meant to ensure the quality of the cityâ€™s water.
â€śEach year the cityâ€™s water department flushes the water mains by opening up fire hydrants throughout New Britain as part of our efforts to ensure our water quality remains as high as possible,â€ť Stewart said.Â â€śWe appreciate the patience and understanding from our residents as we perform this important maintenance activity.â€ť
The city will also conduct water quality testing in addition to the water main flushing program, in compliance with all Department Of Public Health standards. Stewart said both the water main flushing and water testing are conducted in order to provide New Britain residents with the high quality water. However, city officials warned city residents may experience temporary water discoloration and reduced water pressure while the hydrants are opened to flush the water mains.
Residents will have access to the complete water main flushing schedule, which can be found under the City of New Britain Water Department page on the cityâ€™s website at newbritainct.gov or by contacting the department directly at 860-826-3536 for more information.