Water Main Flushing Notice – Discolored Water

East Lyme Water Department

Water Main Flushing/Discolored Water Notice

July 21, 2020

Due to hydrant flow testing conducted last week on Society Road, discolored water has been experienced by customers on Society Road, Riverview Road, Roxbury Road, Pennsylvania Avenue and adjacent side streets.  In response, the East Lyme Water Department will be flushing the water mains in the affected area over the next few days to alleviate the problem.  Be advised that temporary discoloration of the water may continue to occur in these areas while flushing.     When flushing occurs, sediment that accumulates in the mains 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.  The 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.