Water Main Flushing June 22 & 23 Chesterfield Road/Monticello Drive



June 22, 2020

Due to the flushing of water mains in the Chesterfield Road and Monticello Drive area on Monday and Tuesday, June 22nd and 23rd, customers may experience temporary discoloration of the water on Chesterfield Road, Monticello Drive, and Flanders Four Corners.

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.