Water Utilities

Water Main Flushing NOTICE:   Flanders Road, Boston Post & Chesterfield Road
The East Lyme Water Department will be conducting routine flushing of the water mains starting on March 18th along Flanders Road, Boston Post Road, Chesterfield Road and adjacent side streets. The flushing is expected to last several weeks. Be advised that temporary discoloration of the water may occur in these areas during 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.