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Annual program resumes to enhance the city's drinking water to improve clarity and taste

The city of Newberg will resume its annual water main flushing program on Nov. 1.

"This enhances our drinking water system by improving water clarity and taste," said a statement from the city.

The city's public works maintenance crews will be responsible for carrying out the program, which requires them to utilize fire hydrants and blow-offs on dead-end lines. During the process large amounts of water will be released from the flushing points into the street or nearby ditches.

Water service will not be interrupted by the flushing process, city officials said, but nearby residents may see some discoloration in their water due to the scouring process releasing sediments from the water lines. The discoloration should clear up soon after flushing has ceased in the area. Residents are advised to let the water run in their taps to help that process along.

The flushing program will be conducted throughout the city through May of next year. Signs will be posted in the public right-of-way in areas to be flushed for the duration of the work in that area, officials said. The signs are labeled "Water System Flushing in this Area" and also have a pocket attached with informational flyers explaining the program.

Updates on what areas are to be flushed are available at www.newbergoregon.gov.

For more information on the program, call the public works department at 503-537-1234.

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