PEPPERELL — The Pepperell Water Division will begin its water main flushing program in April 2018 and will continue through June 2018 or until its completion.

Flushing will be conducted in the daytime, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Hydrant Flushing In Progress” signs will be posted in areas to be flushed before and during this flushing process.

The signs will move with the flushing process as we progress through town. Residents in the general flushing area should expect to be affected.

The flushing process may cause temporary discolored water and reduced water pressure to some residents in the area during the flushing process.

Residents are advised to restrict water use while their neighborhood is being flushed to avoid drawing dirty-looking, but perfectly safe, water into their homes.

Flushing may also cause minor flooding of streets.

If your water does not clear up after 3 p.m., please run your cold water into your bathtub for up to 20 minutes.

Running water in the bathtub will avoid clogging the faucet aerators with sediment at your sinks.

If your tap water is not clear after 24 hours, please call the Water Division at 978-433-5528.

The Water Main Flushing Program is critical for maintenance of the water supply system and improvement of water quality.

It is also vital for maintenance of dependable flow for fire protection.

What can I do to prepare for flushing?

* Draw water for cooking ahead of time.

* Store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.

* Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher.

Note: If your laundry becomes stained, do not use bleach and do not put your laundry in the dryer.

Rewash clothes immediately using more detergent or a heavy-duty detergent and add a rust remover.

Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pepperell Water Division at 978-433-5528.