Portion of Milford Street Closed
Milford Street is currently closed between West Street west for approximately ½ block. It is opened between Bernard Street east for approximately ½ block to grant access to Y’s Way Flooring and Pierick’s. The retaining wall behind Pick ‘N Save collapsed during the historic rain event on August 17th causing significant erosion and threatened to undermine the sidewalk and street above it. The City anticipates being under contract with a geotechnical engineering firm shortly to have the eroded area evaluated to determine if the road and/or neighboring sidewalk can be reopened to the traveling public or if it needs to remain closed for public safety reasons. Due to other areas experiencing historic rain events in the last few weeks, geotechnical engineering firms are in high demand and it has taken a great deal of effort on the City to find a firm that will come in and do the investigation. As soon as the City has an answer we will either reopen the road or it will remained closed, but we will publicly announced the determination once we have made one. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
HYDRANT FLUSHING - UPDATED START DATE
The Watertown Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, September 24th, from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., one crew will be starting on Main Street (between 1St St. and 8th St.) and a second crew will start on Hospital Drive. Flushing will continue that week Tuesday-Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the week of October 1st, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hydrants located on streets that are currently under construction will not be flushed at this time.
We suggest that customers try to refrain from using water during the flushing hours each day, and especially not doing laundry, to avoid bringing rusty water into their home's plumbing and staining laundry with rusty water. We ask that you please wait until after 4 p.m. on flushing days to do laundry and check water color before starting. For more information about hydrant flushing or if you experience rusty water, please go to the Water Department tab and then clicking "FAQ's & Helpful Hints tab" #13 and/or #14.
The Water Department would like to thank everyone in advance for your understanding and patience during hydrant flushing. It is a very important part of providing the city with quality water and ensuring that fire hydrants are in good working condition.