Flushing of City's Water System

Mayor Bianchi, along with the Department of Public Utilities of the City of Pittsfield, is pleased to announce the final week of the annual flushing of the City’s water system. The mayor stated, “The efficiency of the City water flushing is a service that the tax payers of Pittsfield benefit from on an annual basis: the benefit being the removal of accumulated rust and sediments from the pipes. Without this regular maintenance, the water pipes would fall into disrepair.”  “I am pleased with the expediency of this year’s City flushing and want to thank the city workers for their hard work in meeting a rigorous time line.  We are fortunate to have such committed municipal workers within the City of Pittsfield.”  Bianchi went on to say, “We thank the citizens for their patience as we go through this important annual maintenance program, which is a true sign that spring has begun.”

The water main flushing is expected to affect the following areas between Monday, May 12 and Friday, May 16: 

  • The area westerly of the Onota Street-Housatonic River-Barker Road axis and southerly from Pecks Road to the Hancock town line, including the western sections of South Mountain Road, Tamarack Road, West Housatonic Street, and West Street.  The following outer areas of the city:  northwest, west, and south west. 

Water mains throughout the City will be flushed through hydrants to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products.  Mains will be flushed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Although flushing may cause localized dirty water and reduced service pressure conditions in and around the immediate area of flushing, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that proper levels of treatment and disinfection are maintained in the system at all times.  Should dirty water be experienced, customers may wish to let the water run for a short period to clear prior to use.  Should dirty water or low pressure conditions persist, please contact the Water Department at 499-9339.

The Department regrets any inconvenience the flushing program may cause.  Flushing is an important operating procedure that contributes significantly to the maintenance of the water quality in the water distribution system.