System Flushing

Middletown Water currently has over 1,600 fire hydrants within its distribution system. We are required to flush each of these fire hydrants one time each year. We may flush as many as two or three times each year system wide. Hydrants on some dead end lines may be flushed monthly.

This is done to ensure optimum water quality and fire protection.

Flushing from hydrant


The purpose of flushing is to remove sedimentation and mineral deposits that have settled on the bottom of the water mains.  It is an essential part of our ongoing efforts to maintain water quality and capacity in our distribution system.  The City of Middletown Water Department appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of drinking water we provide to the community.  

Discolored or Cloudy Water

Temporary discolored or cloudy water could be a routine occurrence for customers within the immediate area during or immediately following the flushing operation. The discoloration is a result of mineral deposits that have become encrusted on the water pipe's interior wall.  If this occurs, you will need to immediately open your cold water tap at each faucet until it clears. This should be done one faucet at a time. Once the water has cleared in your cold water, your hot water should also be flushed in a similar manner.

If the problem persists, contact us at 860-638-3500 and report the problem.  

Mineralized Sediment & Laundry

This mineralized sediment is not harmful, but may cause laundry stains. If a load of wash is done during the period of discolored water, the load should be kept wet and rewash again after the water clears. Four ounces of cream of tartar should be added for to help remove any discoloration of the clothing.