New York American Water to Conduct Annual Flushing of Water Mains and Hydrants Starting April 1

MERRICK, N.Y. (April 1, 2019) – New York American Water will begin flushing its water distribution system today, April 1, as part of its commitment to ensuring high-quality water service to its customers. This essential part of the company’s maintenance program clears harmless mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up over time inside the pipes. The process also includes flushing fire hydrants to make sure they are operational and to check flows in the system.




April 1 – April 4

Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck

April 1 – April 5

Glen Head, North Merrick

April 5 – April 18

Cedarhurst, Inwood, Lawrence, Meadowmere

April 8 – April 12

Glenwood Landing, Merrick/South Merrick, Roslyn Harbor

April 15


April 15 – April 18

North Bellmore, Sea Cliff

April 29 – May 3

Bellmore, South Bellmore

April 29 – May 10

Lakeview, Lynbrook, Malverne, West Hempstead

May 6 – May 10

Levittown, North Seaford, North Wantagh

May 13 – May 17

Seaford/South Seaford, Wantagh/South Wantagh

May 13 – May 24

North Woodmere, Valley Stream, Woodmere, Woodsburgh

May 20 – May 24


May 28 – June 7

Bay Park, East Rockaway, Island Park, Oceanside,

June 10 – June 21

Baldwin, Baldwin Harbor, Roosevelt, South Hempstead



















New York American Water will be flushing the system throughout its service areas according to the following schedule. No flushing will be conducted April 19 through April 28 in observance of Good Friday and Passover, or on May 27 for Memorial Day.

When the system is being flushed, customers may notice a drop in water pressure or experience discolored water. This is a normal part of the process. The company advises customers to let their water run until it is clear.

New York American Water offers its customer the following additional tips:

  • Mark your calendar to be prepared when the company begins flushing the water mains in your neighborhood.
  • Follow New York American Water on Facebook and check our website regularly to see live updates on flushing locations.
  • Draw water for cooking ahead of time and store a large bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
  • Check for discolored water before using the washing machine or dishwasher. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher.
  • If laundry becomes stained, do not put your laundry in the dryer. Rewash clothes immediately using a heavy-duty detergent and add a rust remover. Most rust removers can be used on stained fixtures.
  • In some cases, slight discoloration may linger for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect the water quality.
  • If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been complete, check faucet screens for trapped particles.

For more information on New York American Water’s flushing program, please visit Daily updates on flushing locations will be posted on New York American Water’s Facebook page.

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 350,000 people. For more information, visit or the company’s Facebook page. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.