North Adams Annual Water System Flushing

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Monday, May 10, 2021, the City of North Adams Water Department will be conducting the annual water system flushing of hydrants throughout the City.
 
The annual flushing will begin in the Phelps Avenue area and the western part of the City. And a second crew will begin in the High Street area. The flushing will continue over the next several weeks.  The hours of flushing will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday. 
 
 The flushing may cause low pressure and dirty water which can be cleared out by running your water for a few minutes before use.
 
 f you have any questions, please call Department of Public Services 413-662-3000 X3047.

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