East Lyme Water Mains Flushing Notice


April, 2023

Please be advised that the East Lyme Water Department is currently flushing water mains in the north of East Lyme including Boston Post Road, The Orchards neighborhood and nearby side streets.

Customers may experience temporary discoloration of the water in this area. If you are experiencing discolored water, flush a cold water tap for 5 to 15 minutes.  Water should run clear after flushing.

When flushing occurs, sediment that accumulates in the main becomes disturbed and temporarily suspended in the water causing a brown, red, orange, or yellow color.  This disturbance usually lasts for approximately two to four hours after which time the sediment will settle out and the water will be clear.  This discolored water is not a health threat.  However, the discolored water can stain clothing, so it is best to wait several hours for the water to clear before doing any laundry.  Also, do not use any hot water as you may draw the discolored water into your hot water tank, which may have to be flushed later.  If you were doing laundry when the water became discolored, rewash the laundry later when the water is clear.  Use a rust stain remover or regular detergent.  Do not use chlorine bleach.  Chlorine can react with iron and can form a permanent stain.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact the East Lyme Water Department at 860-691-4104.