Residents of Beverly might notice discolored water coming from faucets, shower heads and filling their toilets at some point this summer, but city officials say it is a part of routine hydrant flushing and poses no health risks.
Like many places in the Bay State, the city of Beverly flushes its fire hydrants throughout the summer to make sure that all are functioning correctly in the event of an emergency. The high pressure used to flush the water lines can cause sediment to give tap water near the area being flushed a brown, "dirty" looking color, but according to Water Department Spokeswoman Fran Sordillo there is absolutely no danger to washing in it, brushing teeth with it or even drinking it.
"It just looks a little funky," Sordillo said.
According to Sordillo, the discoloration can remain for up to an hour in the homes after flushing is complete. To remedy this, residents can run their cold water until it becomes clear. It is recommended that cold water be run until it is clear before using any hot water, as allowing the discoloration to get into the hot water tank will cause it to remain longer.
The city flushes hydrants every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The Arlington Avenue area in North Beverly has been completed, and on Tuesday night officials began flushing the areas of Dodges Row, Budleigh Avenue and Brimbal Avenue. Flushing will continue Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.
Last year, hydrant flushing was complete by September, but Sordillo says that it has been known to go as late as October.
Residents can find updates on when certain areas can expect to be affected on the City of Beverly website, or contact the Water Department for more information.