Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) - Updated on May 20, 2022

Uni-directional Flushing (UDF) is used to improve operations and enhance the water system. Water main flushing is considered an effective method to remove unwanted tastes, odors, or discolorations of the water, and to improve chlorine residual. UDF, a specific type of water main flushing, uses less water than conventional flushing and provides greater cleaning of the pipes.

UDF isolates each pipeline to create flow in a single direction to quickly and efficiently clean the pipe. By concentrating the flow in one direction, UDF creates higher velocities that are better able to clean the pipe.  The major advantages of this method are improved cleaning of accumulated deposits on pipes, less required water than conventional flushing, and an impact reduction for customers

Background

We started the Water Improvement Project in the spring of 2019 as an effort to clear our water mains of sediment and mineral build-up. This will not only extend the life of our water mains, but it will also improve water quality. One complete unidirectional flushing of all 12 Zones was completed in December 2021

This project includes Unidirectional Flushing, which involves systematically opening hydrants to “flush” mineral deposits from the pipes; and Ice Pigging, which is done by pumping an ice slurry into the main lines and forcing it along inside in order to scour the interior of the pipe and remove sediment.

We encourage you to subscribe to our website and CodeRed (our emergency notification platform). You will automatically receive updates about the project when your area is being affected.

Current Projects - Updated on 5/20/2022

2022 UDF - Where/When 

  • Contractor, Hydra Tech, has completed unidirectional flushing zones 2 and 5. Flushing is completed for the season. Please check our Water and Sewer NewsFlash for the most up to date information. 

Town-Wide Status

The unidirectional flushing program began in the fall of 2019 and one full cycle of flushing all of the zones was completed in 2021. Please click on the image below for a map of the flushing zones.

Flushing Program Zone Map
  1. Important Update from the Water & Sewer Division - Sewer System Work Continuing on June 1st

    May 27, 2022: the Town's contractor, National Water Main Cleaning Company, will not be working today and will continue the cleaning and television inspection of sewer pipelines and manholes on June 1st. Please read the full message for more information. Read on...
  2. Important Update from the Water and Sewer Division - Flushing is Complete for the Spring of 2022

    May 11th 6:30 AM Update: Hydra Tech has finished overnight flushing and was able to complete Zone 2. This will conclude the unidirectional flushing program for the spring of 2022. We thank you for your patience as this work has taken place. Read on...
  3. Important Message from the Water & Sewer Division - Construction Advisory on Holden & Clinton St

    Beginning the week of May 2nd, the Town's contractor, Haluch Water Contracting, will be starting the Holden Street and Clinton Street water main replacement project. Please read the full message for more information. Read on...
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