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Annual flushing of Riverhead Water District mains to begin Sunday evening


If your tap water has a brown tint one of these mornings, don’t panic.

Beginning on the evening of Sunday, April 9, the Riverhead Water District will be flushing out its system, cleaning its mains of any accumulated sediments.

The flushing could cause temporary discoloration of your tap water, according to water district superintendent Mark Conklin. Be sure to check your water before doing laundry, to avoid discoloring your clothing. Let your water run a few minutes before using it, he said. It should run clear after a few minutes. If it doesn’t run clear, wait a while and run it again.

Flushing the entire system will take about three weeks, and is expected to be completed by April 30. Most of the work will be done during the overnight hours to minimize inconvenience to customers, according to the superintendent.

The water district flushes its mains every spring. It’s a simple housekeeping measure, according to the superintendent.

As the water travels through the system’s mains, minerals settle out and accumulate on the bottom of the mains, the superintendent said. The water district flushes its mains every spring to flush out loose sediments.”

Homeowners are encouraged to flush the pipes in their homes, too, for the same reason.

The water district has instructions for flushing your home’s internal water supply lines on the Town of Riverhead’s website:

Water district customers with questions or concerns should call (631) 727-3205 or 631-727-3200 ext. 234 during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. After hours and in case of emergency, call the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.

Denise Civiletti
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