The primary precautions that should be taken during Board of Public Utilities (BPU) water main flushing are to:
- Check for discolored water before doing laundry.
- Try to avoid pulling discolored water into your hot water tank.
If discolored water were to stain your clothes while doing laundry or be pulled into your hot water tank, please see Questions 5 and 6, respectively.
You may also want to check for discolored water before using water for cooking or drinking; we suggest that you store some water a day or so ahead of time so that you have some available for cooking and drinking during your scheduled flushing day. Though discolored water is displeasing to see, please remember that it is safe to drink and to use if needed.