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Posted on: May 14, 2018

SMCMUA Hydrant Maintenance


The Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (SMCMUA or Authority) will be preforming routine hydrant maintenance and flushing on the streets listed between May 17th and July 1st. The Authority uses this opportunity to examine and repair hydrants and in doing so may require the hydrants to be flushed for a period of time to test their functionality. Flushing also typically aids in cleaning the water mains and “flushes” out any built up minerals or deposits from the pipes.

What to expect:

While hydrant flushing typically won’t interrupt your water service you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure while crews are working in your area. There is also the possibility that water may become temporarily discolored. This is normal. The discolored water does not pose a health hazard; however, iron (red water) and manganese (black water) may be stirred up within the system during the flushing procedures. If this happens simply let your water run until it runs clear.

Customer Tips:

  • Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing your area. This reduces the chance of pulling discolored water into your home.
  • If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clears. This allows the sediment to work its way out of your pipe.
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. NOTE: if your laundry does become stained do not put your laundry in the dryer. Rewash clothes immediately and add a rust remover.
  • In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.
  • If water pressure or water volume seem low after flushing has been completed. Check your faucet screens (aerators) for trapped particles.


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For Questions or concerns contact: Customer service: (973) 326-6880

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