City announces plans to flush water mains

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The city will start flushing water mains on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

There will be four main areas of flushing and each area is anticipated to take two days. A full map of the areas and schedule of the flushing will be on the city’s website, located under Featured Links on Rome’s home page, as well as the city’s Facebook page. 

The process creates discoloration, which comes from harmless material that is created when chemicals in the water, such as chlorine, react with the metal in the water lines. The sediment is a natural mineral found in all water pipes in the streets and in homes.

When flushing is completed, residents should run cold water through a bathtub faucet or an outside hose faucet until the water runs clear. Customers should not use their hot water until cold water runs clear.

Also, if water pressure is lower than normal for more than 24 hours after the flushing is compete, call the Water Department at 315-339-7772 before 3:30 p.m., or 315-339-7777 after hours. 

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