High Bridge will be flushing our water mains again this year with the assistance of the High Bridge Fire Department. This essential part of our system maintenance program includes systematically opening each fire hydrant within the Borough to “flush” any minerals and deposits from the pipes. The process also provides the Fire Department the opportunity to update their records on water pressure and flows.

This work is scheduled to begin the week of May 27th between the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm and continue throughout the summer. The hydrants will be flushed on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays each week. Once completed, the Fire Department will paint each hydrant and clean the surrounding area.

While flushing the system won’t interrupt your water service, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water. This is normal. Should you notice this within your home simply open a tap and let your water run until it is clear. This will allow the sediments to work their way through your pipes.

Customer Tips

• Avoid running your tap water and using the washing machine or dishwasher while crews are flushing in your area.

• Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. NOTE: If your laundry becomes stained, DO NOT PUT YOUR LAUNDRY IN THE DRYER. Rewash clothes immediately using detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can also be used on stained fixtures.

• If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

In some cases, slight discoloration might linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Borough Hall at 908-638-6455 or email me at rroll@highbridge.org.

The High Bridge Water Department, Department of Public Works and High Bridge Fire Department appreciate your patience while this work is completed.


Rick Roll, CPWM
Director of Public Works