Water System Flushing Program

To Our Valued Holyoke Water Customers,

The Holyoke Water Works will be conducting its annual Water Main/System Flushing Program beginning April 26th, 2014 and continuing through May 3rd, 2014.  Only selected and critical hydrants will be flushed.  Not all hydrants will be operated.  The areas to be flushed are as follows:

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 – High Service Water System

Flushing to include all streets  in Goodyear Park, Kane Rd., Primrose Lane, Knollwood Circle, Meadowbrook Rd/Upland Rd areas.  Continue along Meadowbrook Rd. to the southerly end of Vermont St. and along Evergreen Dr. to Bray Park, along Westfield Rd. to Hillside Ave. from Cherry St. to Woods Ave.  Included also is the Whiting Farms Rd. area southerly to the West Springfield Line.  A section of Riverdale Rd. (in front of the Providence Hospital) south to the city line (including Providence Place) will be flushed at this time.  Continue Northerly along Northampton St. (East & West side) from the K-Mart Plaza, including all of Elmwood and Oakdale.  Northerly on Beech St. (from Northampton St. to Franklin St.), east on Franklin to Pine St., North on Pine to Appleton St. and from the intersection of Appleton and Beech-north to Mitchel Field.  Continue from the Mueller Bridge west back to Northampton, along both sides of Northampton St. and all the Way to Smiths Ferry (including North Pleasant St., Oxford Rd. and Park Slope area, Valley Heights, Mt. Park Access Rd. and Holyoke Country Club, Delaney Restaurant).  Hydrants to be flushed in this system are color coded – Red Body with a Silver Top Cap.

Flushing of water mains on April 26th (Saturday) serving the High Service areas will be performed during the day time.  Goodyear Park Area, Knollwood Circle / McMahon School Area, Upland Rd, Meadowbrook Rd to and including the Bray Park area will begin at 5:00 AM.  The remaining High Service area will begin at 7:00 AM and continue until complete.

Saturday Day , May 3rd, 2014 – Low Service Water System

Flushing to include all streets from Mitchel Field, along Beech St. south to Appleton St. (East side).  From the intersection of Appleton St. and Walnut St., south on Walnut St. to Jackson Park Way and the National Guard Armory, including the entire area to Ross Ave.  From this section easterly including all streets to the Connecticut River (including 1st & 2nd level canal area).  From Main St./391 Interchange, southerly through Springdale and Ingleside areas, to Northampton St. and Main St. intersection.  Hydrants to be flushed in this system are colored coded – Red Body with a Red Top Cap.

Flushing of water mains on May 3rd (Saturday) serving the Low Service areas will be performed during the day time, beginning at 6:00 AM Saturday and continue until complete.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 – West Holyoke Water System

Flushing to include all streets which comprise the former Pequot and Coronet Homes developments and all adjoining streets along the Apremont Highway, the Rock Valley area and residents along County Rd.  Hydrants to be flushed in this system are color coded – Red Body with a Silver Top Cap.

Flushing of water mains on April 29th (Tuesday) servicing the West Holyoke Tank Systems will be performed during daytime hours, beginning at 6:00AM and continue until complete. 

Wednesday-Thursday, April 30th & May 1st, 2014 – West Heights Water System

Wednesday flushing to start with the streets from Homestead Ave./Westfield Rd (Mini-Mall, Soldiers Home) and adjoining streets including Vermont St. to Westfield Rd and Westfield Rd. to Elmwood Heights area.  Also Homestead Ave. to Jarvis Ave. and connecting streets to the Loomis Retirement Home area, including Scott Hollow Drive, and tank system streets on the westerly side of Hillside Ave.  Flushing continues along Jarvis Ave., northerly to Wyckoff Park area, including Bemis Rd. (and all adjoining streets), Woodmar Glenn, Lindor Heights area, Easthampton Rd. (Log Cabin, Holyoke Rehab Center, Wyckoff Club), and all connecting streets. A two day flushing period may be necessary in the event flushing of the entire area cannot be completed in one day.  The tank system streets in the areas of Mayer Drive/Charles Hill, Blueberry Hill and upper Whitney Ave (east side of I-91, including Kelly Way)  will also be included in the Wednesday flushing program.  Hydrants to be flushed in this system are color coded – Red Body with a Yellow Top Cap.

Flushing of water mains on April 30th (Wednesday) through May 1st (Thursday) servicing the West Heights Tank Systems will be performed during daytime hours, beginning at 6:00AM and continue until complete.

Water main flushing is an effective method of improving drinking water quality and is an important component of the department’s distribution system maintenance program.  Flushing can cause temporary reductions in water pressure and discolored water from increased levels of dissolved iron.  According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discolored water/dissolved iron, may not be aesthetically pleasing but is not a public health threat.  In general, Holyoke water customers do not have to take any special precautions.  However, some customers, such as hospitals, medical facilities and businesses that use water in their manufacturing or operation process, may want to more closely monitor their water quality and water pressure while the flushing program is underway.

The Holyoke Water Works will make every effort to minimize potential impacts from the flushing program and will closely monitor water quality and pressure.  If you should have any questions or concerns regarding the Hydrant/Water Main Flushing Program, please contact the dispatch office at 536-0262.


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