NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services Department says there's nothing of concern in the brown water that's been coming out of taps around the city.
The city's in the midst of its annual hydrant flushing, which is stirring up minerals in the water mains.
"There is no impact to public health. The discoloration is due to naturally occurring minerals getting stirred up in the iron pipe of the water main," according to release from the Public Services Department.
"Residents may also 'self-flush' the line by turning on cold water, full-force from your bathtub faucet, until water runs clear again. This process should take about 15 minutes. After flushing, the micro-screen inside the faucet head may clog with fine sediment. It can be removed, cleaned and replaced."
Hydrant flushing is being done between the hours of 8 and midnight, Monday through Thursday. This may result in discolored water or temporary low water pressure in some areas. The city has hundreds of hydrants so the flushing takes some time.
The Department of Public Services flushes the hydrants annually to clear any sedimentation in the water lines, which allows water to run clear again.
If water is not clear after flushing for up to 60 minutes, call the Public Services Department at 413-662-3000, Ext. 3047.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church, serving North Adams and Williamstown, this month officially welcomed its new pastor, Stephen Dale, appointed by Bishop Devadhar to lead the congregation.
Dale joins the Northern Berkshire community after serving two years in Bennington, Vt. He started the Bennington AfterDark community in late 2018, and was invited to serve the Pownal UMC as pastor in July 2019.
Dale has been serving churches in New England for the past 11 years, beginning as a licensed local pastor and completing his master of divinity at Boston University in 2015. Dale was commissioned into provisional membership after a year in Northern Maine, and finally ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church at annual conference last year.
Previous to Dale's transition, he spent 20 years working in information technology.
"Tech is a big part of how I enter the world, and a big part of how I participate in the shared ministry of a United Methodist Church and its pastor," he said.
Dale said he is looking forward to this opportunity to join the church, particularly in bolstering the ongoing development of 192 State St., a North Adams property purchased by the church in 2015.
"God has begun something wonderful here at New Hope, and God is going to continue to move us forward into undreamt of avenues of service in love," he said.