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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Massachusetts to Begin Phase 2 Reopenings on Monday
Gov. Charlie Baker announces that Phase 2 reopenings will begin Monday based on positive trends in containment of the pandemic.
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker gave the all-clear on Saturday to begin Phase 2 of reopening the Massachusetts economy on Monday as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline.
He might take his wife out to dinner, he said, but he was finally able to visit his father, who is in a long-term care facility. "He needs a haircut but other than that he's fine," Baker said.
But he cautioned that the state is not out of the woods yet and that residents and businesses should keep up with containment protocols.
"We're asking people to follow new safety protocols to rethink the way they interact with customers to stagger work schedules and to work remotely," he said. "And so far, we're enormously grateful for everyone's support and creativity and adjusting their operations. This is on top of our requests for people to keep their distance where face coverings. And do without several forms of gatherings and socializing. ...
The governor noted that people had been demonstrating outside the State House last week over their frustration with the slow pace of the reopening, and that several protests had been going on peacefully all day Sunday.
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