Fire Hydrant Testing June 24 - September 27

Beginning June 24, 2019 and continuing through September 27, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, Department of Public Works and Fire Department personnel will be conducting fire hydrant inspection and flushing throughout the city weather permitting.


During this activity residents may experience discoloration in their drinking water. This is due to iron deposits in the water main becoming dislodged during the flushing of the hydrants.


This discoloration DOES NOT cause a health risk, however residents are encouraged to run your cold fix water through the lowest fixture in your home until the discolored water becomes clear. Also DO NOT wash laundry during this period of discolored water.


Visit for a list of the day/s fire hydrant inspection/flushing will be performed in your area. However due to emergency calls and weather conditions, we can only specify the area that will be flushed and NOT any particular street on any given day.


Should residents have any questions or concerns please call the Utilities Division at 617-796-1640 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday or the Police Control Center at 617-796-2100 during non-business hours.


Listed below are the days and areas where hydrant inspection and flushing will be performed.



Monday          Newton Corner



                        Upper Falls

                        Newton Highlands



Tuesday          Lower Falls


                        West Newton

                        Newton Corner


Wednesday    Upper Falls


                        Newton Highlands     

                        Oak Hill

                        Lower Falls


                        West Newton


Thursday       Newton Centre

                        Chestnut Hill

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