Jamestown BPU Announces Water Main Flushing Dates

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The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Water Division announces dates for 2022 fall flushing of water lines in BPU territory.

The traditional flushing of the entire Village of Falconer will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1, and continue overnight into Sunday, October 2. The pre-flush of Falconer’s Aldren, Mapleshade, Ralph and Valmeere Streets is set to begin at 1 p.m. Friday, September 30.

Discolored water may be seen in Falconer and on the north side of Jamestown during Falconer flushing.

Flushing in the rest of the water system will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 3, through Friday, October 7, and from Monday, October 10, through Wednesday, October 12. No flushing will take place on the weekends.

An exception will be downtown Jamestown flushing that will begin at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, to accommodate downtown and Fairmount Avenue businesses and restaurants. Flushing that day could affect streets and neighborhoods off Fairmount Avenue/Route 394, even though their own streets are not targeted for flushing on that date.

In addition, on Thursday, October 6, a pump test at 101 Jackson Avenue in Celoron will take place at 8 a.m. on the same day that flushing in Celoron occurs at 8:30 a.m. Celoron residents should be aware of the earlier start of discolored water in the Village that day.

Included in the September customer newsletter and on www.jamestownbpu.com are two color maps showing what streets are scheduled for flushing each day. Customers with up-to-date phone numbers on their accounts will receive auto-calls stating what days their locations will be flushed and when to expect discolored water.

Flushing can stir and discolor water at any time during the eight flushing days. If discolored water enters the home, please be assured that it can be expected to clear in 12-24 hours.

When the BPU flushes in your area, it is likely that discolored water will appear in water faucets or toilets. Although the water is safe to use, it may be displeasing in appearance. Customers who know about when water is expected to be discolored on their streets may set aside water for cooking and drinking and delay washing clothes until the water appears to be clear. The main time to avoid doing laundry is on your scheduled flushing day.

Should a customer get caught with discolored laundry because of flushing, the clothes should not be dried but instead should first be rewashed with a commercial rust/iron stain remover available at no charge in the BPU Customer Service Office. Such commercial rust/iron remover also is available at City Hall, at Village and Town offices and may be purchased in stores.

Customers with questions about their flushing dates may call the Flushing Hotline at 716-661-1613, BPU Customer Service at 716-661-1660 or BPU Communications at 716-661-1680. If callers receive voicemail, they should leave their street name, the names of the streets at the end of their block and their phone numbers. BPU employees will return calls with the flushing locations.

The BPU flushes water mains in fall and spring by opening hydrants systematically and letting water run full-force, flushing out naturally-occurring sediments that accumulate in the pipes. The process achieves greater water flow through the mains, assures the hydrants are in good working condition and avoids the use of chemicals in the water to clean the lines. The water line flushing procedure is used in many other water systems across the country.

Check out BPU Flushing Frequently Asked Questions at www.jamestownbpu.com.