Flushing of City Water System to Begin Monday, April 25

The City of Pittsfield’s Department of Public Utilities announces that the annual flushing of the city water system will begin Monday, April 25 and continue over the next three weeks. Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products.  Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday each week, holidays exempted, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

This flushing may be expected to affect the following areas:

  • The Hubbard Avenue–Dalton Division Road area between Dalton Avenue and Williams Street, including Dalton Avenue between Coltsville and the Dalton town line, Williams Street between Elm Street and the Dalton town line, including Mountain Drive, and the Yankee Orchard neighborhoods.
  • Lower Crane Avenue and Partridge Road, Cheshire Road, the Morningside Heights area and Coltsville.
  • South Street between the Lenox town line and South Mountain Road.
  • Hydrants will be flushed along Dalton Avenue between Benedict Road and Coltsville, Merrill Road.  East Street from Elm Street to the Housatonic River bridge on outer East Street, the Newell Street-Lakewood section, Elm Street between Newell Street and Donna Avenue, Holmes Road south to Arrowhead, and all streets between and interconnected with the above. 

Although flushing may cause localized discolored 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 disinfections are maintained in the system at all times. If customers experience discolored water, they should let the water run for a short period to clear it prior to use.  If discolored water or low pressure conditions persist, please contact the Water Department at 499-9339.

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