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Posted on: April 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Glens Falls 2023 Water Main and Hydrant Flushing Program


The Glens Falls Water and Sewer Department will begin flushing hydrants in the city beginning May 1.  It is expected to take 10-15 days to complete the flushing process taking place Monday through Saturday between 7am and 530pm.

“We urge all residents to be aware of the work while traveling around the city,” says Bill Norton, Superintendent of the Water and Sewer Department, “as the water will be running at a high rate of speed out of the water mains and fire hydrants until all the sediment is carried out and the water is clear.   This yearly process is an integral part of our efforts to deliver the safest and highest quality water possible to the City of Glens Falls.  We do not anticipate any water service disruptions during the flushing program.”

The flushing program serves the following purposes:

  • It dislodges and removes mineral deposits that accumulate in the water mains.
  • It flushes sediments from the mainline pipes.
  • It verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves.
  • It helps us find weaknesses in our water system.
  • It checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains.

“During the flushing program, there will be temporary incidences of discolored water while the fine sediment particles are flushed out,” continues Norton.  “Please keep in mind, there is no health hazard associated with discolored water.  If you notice your water is discolored, run the cold-water part of your faucets or an outdoor hose until the water runs clear.  And please remember, avoid doing your laundry until you are sure the water is clear.”

If you would like any additional information or if you would like to discuss the flushing program with the Glens Falls Water and Sewer Department staff, please contact the office during regular business hours at (518) 761-3850.   Otherwise, for more information regarding this or any other issue, please reach out via e-mail at or   If your issue is urgent or if you’re looking to speak with Mayor Collins regarding a formal comment, please call (518) 920-4884.

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