The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Water Division has rescheduled water main flushing in the village of Falconer.
Flushing will begin today with preliminary flushing of an 18-inch water line will occur in the area of Aldren, Ralph, Valmeere and Mapleshade from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. It may cause an isolated disturbance in that section of the village.
The actual Falconer flushing of the entire village will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday through the night into Sunday until the entire village is completed.
The BPU postponed flushing in the village of Falconer in late April when water tables were too high. Spring flushing in the rest of the Jamestown water system was completed in two weeks .
The BPU flushes water mains each spring and fall by opening hydrants systematically and allowing water to run full force, flushing out sediment and minerals that have accumulated in the pipes. The process cleans the water pipes and helps maintain good water flow through the mains. During flushing, BPU water operators also inspect valves and hydrants to maintain them for top performance in fire protection. Flushing is a safe and cost-effective alternative to adding chemicals in our water to clean it.
During flushing, water direction changes, moving sediment out of the pipes. Stirring the sediment causes discolored water. The water is safe to use but its appearance is not pleasing.
Customers who don't run water or flush toilets in Falconer during the flushing process probably should see no discolored water in their homes or buildings. Residents may want to put aside water for drinking or cooking during the process and make a conscious effort not to flush or open faucets.
If laundry is discolored as a result of water main flushing, customers should not dry the laundry, but instead re-wash it in a rust stain remover available free of charge at BPU Customer Service office or for sale at local supermarkets and hardware stores. The BPU's Customer Service office is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at 92 Steele St., Jamestown.
For questions about BPU water main flushing, contact Rebecca Robbins, BPU communications coordinator, at 661-1666.