Water Distribution System Flushing

Published on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:37a.m.

The City of Dover Department of Public Works will be flushing various sections of the City’s water distribution system in an effort to alleviate concerns regarding brown water.  Staff intends to flush all sectors of the distribution system as long as time and weather conditions permit.  Flushing will occur continuously each night from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., starting on Sunday evening and ending on Friday morning. (In the event of adverse weather conditions, the flushing operations may be postponed by one week.)  A fifteen (15) night flushing schedule, from Sunday, October 8, 2017 to Friday, October 27, 2017, will be conducted as follows:

(Week 1) October 8, 2017 to October 13, 2017.  (Day 1) Long Point Road, N. Little Creek Road, S. Little Creek Road, Horsepond Road and Acorn Lane areas.  (Day 2) White Oak Road, Towne Point and Edgehill areas, Stoney Creek, Schoolview.  (Day 3) U.S. 113 corridor, the U.S. 13 corridor from Public Safety Boulevard to Loockerman Street and the Bayard Avenue area.  (Day 4) U.S. 13 corridor from Loockerman Street to Leipsic Road and the Persimmon Tree Lane area.  (Day 5) U.S. 13 corridor from Leipsic Road to Scarborough Road and the DTCC campus area.  

(Week 2) October 15, 2017 to October 20, 2017. (Day 6) Western U.S. 13 corridor from North State Street to Lake Club Drive, U.S. 13 corridor south from Public Safety Boulevard to State Street Extended and the State Street Extended service area.  (Day 7) Rodney Village, Webbs Lane to Wyoming Avenue and New Burton Road to South Governors Avenue.  (Day 8) Wyoming Avenue to Water Street and New Burton Road to U.S. 13 as well as the Legislative Mall area.  (Day 9) Water Street to Division Street from West Street to State Street as well as Pear Street and Walker Road.  (Day 10) Division Street to Walker Road from Pear Street to State Street as well as areas on the east side of State Street and the north side of Walker Road.

(Week 3) October 22, 2017 to October 27, 2017. (Day 11) North Street to Route 8 from West Street to Mifflin Road.  (Day 12) Farmview, Hazlettville Road, Wyoming Mill Road and western Route 8 areas.  (Day 13) Saulsbury Road to Dover-Kenton Road from Route 8 to Walker Road.  (Day 14) McKee Road corridor from Walker Road to Denny’s Road, College Road corridor from Dover-Kenton Road to DSU.  (Day 15) Dover-Kenton Road corridor from College Road to Denney’s Road and Denney’s Road corridor from Dover-Kenton Road to McKee Road.

The Department of Public Works anticipates increased amounts of brown water within the system until the flushing operation is complete.  Any customers who experience discolored water should run cold water to clear their service lines.  It is recommended that one faucet be utilized to clear service lines, preferably an outside faucet.  Customers are requested to refrain from washing laundry during this time.  Residents are encouraged to not park across from, or within fifteen (15) feet of, fire hydrants during the flushing period to ensure that all lines can be flushed.  We apologize for any inconvenience the flushing operations may cause. If necessary, additional days may be added to the flushing schedule without additional public notice.

All questions regarding this issue should be directed to the City of Dover Department of Public Works at (302) 736-7060 24 hours, 7 days a week or via email at waterquality@dover.de.us .

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