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Annual effort to clear out city's water system will continue through May 2020

The city of Newberg will soon resume its annual water main flushing program and wants the citizenry to know that changes in the quality of their water is temporary.

"This enhances our drinking water system by improving water clarity and taste," city officials said in a release, adding that flushing of the water mains will be done by public works maintenance crews utilizing fire hydrants and blow-offs on dead-end lines.

The release explained that during effort large amounts of water will be released from the flushing points into streets or ditches, but water service to residences and businesses will not be interrupted. Due to the scouring action of flushing out the water mains, however, residents "may experience some discoloration in their water at times. However, most will not experience this," the release said.

The discoloration is caused by sediments being flushed from the system and should clear up soon after the lines are flushed.

"Letting water run at the tap will clear up the water in the service lines," the release said.

The flushing program will affect the entire Newberg system and continue through May of 2020. Signs saying "Water System Flushing in this Area" will be posted in the public right-of-way in areas that are currently being flushed for the duration of the work. The signs also contain a pocket with a flyer explaining the program. Updates on areas to be flushed can also be found on the city's website at www.newbergoregon.gov.

For more information, call the city's public works department at 503-537-1234.


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