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Hydrant Flush May Affect Taps

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Annual spring fire hydrant water flushing east of North Charlotte Street may affect water pressure and color in some Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township homes between Saturday (May 9, 2009) and May 24, Superior Water Co. announced this week.

Flushing gets started.

Flushing gets started.

Superior said parts of Lower Pottsgrove and New Hanover townships could be affected by low water pressure and water discoloration as it begins its second round of flushes. The first series began April 21 west of North Charlotte, affecting parts of New Hanover, Douglass and Upper Pottsgrove townships, and continues through Friday (May 8, 2009).

Flushes usually occur weekdays beginning at 9 a.m., the utility said. It noted the system should return to normal about 30 minutes after low pressure or water discoloration are seen. If problems persist, home owners are asked to call Superior at 610-222-4171.

Unrelated but similar flushing is being done in the Pottstown borough hydrant system by its Public Works Department. That maintenance began April 20 and was expected to last five weeks.

Coincidentally, the state House of Representatives has declared this week (May 3-9, 2009), as “Drinking Water Week” in Pennsylvania. The state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates and oversees Superior and other water providers and utilities, will mark the occasion with displays Friday through Sunday (May 8-10, 2009) in the atrium of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg PA.

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