JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities will flush water mains throughout the system starting in early October, weather permitting.
Pre-flushing in Falconer will start at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the areas of Aldren, Mapleshade, Ralph and Valmeere. The complete Village of Falconer will be flushed from 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, overnight into Sunday, Oct. 4, until Falconer is entirely flushed. During Falconer flushing, water may be discolored on the north side of Jamestown as well as in the Village.
Flushing of the remainder of the BPU Water Division system will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 5 through 9; and Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 12-14.
The exception will be Wednesday, Oct. 7, when flushing will take place from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate any downtown and Fairmount Avenue businesses and restaurants. Flushing that day could affect streets directly off Fairmount Avenue and Route 394, even though their streets are not flushed that day.
Flushing can discolor water, especially when water line cleaning takes place in the customers’ immediate areas near their scheduled flushing days. Customers may see discolored water at any time during flushing, even on days other than their scheduled flushing days.
The BPU’s September customer newsletter contains a two-page color-coded map section showing which areas will be flushed on specific days. The maps also are posted on www.jamestownbpu.com.
The BPU website, FACEBOOK and Twitter pages will show daily flushing locations. The BPU recently informed commercial and industrial customers of their flushing dates by automatic calls. Residential customers, whose phone numbers are current on their accounts, can expect to receive such calls two days in advance of their flushing days.
Customers with questions about flushing and their flushing dates may call the Flushing Hotline at 661-1688 or Communications at 661-1680.
BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says, “If you receive voicemail when calling, please leave your address, the names of the streets at the end of your block and your phone number. BPU employees will return calls with flushing location dates and with answers to any
The main precaution that customers may take during water main flushing is to check for discolored water before doing laundry and to avoid pulling discolored water into their hot water tanks. The BPU also suggests putting aside water for cooking or drinking a day or so ahead of their flushing days because the discolored water is unattractive in appearance.