Flushing Water Mains and Fire Hydrants

As an essential part of our water system’s maintenance program, the Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority opens hydrants in the spring and fall to “flush” minerals and deposits from our water mains.  Water main flushing is necessary to preserve water quality in our water distribution system.

When crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water.  This is normal and should subside after our maintenance technicians have moved out of your area.

Try to limit your water usage during flushing hours to avoid drawing sediment into your own system.  We apologize for the inconvenience that flushing our water system causes, but we strive to provide you with the highest quality water at the tap, and flushing is needed to meet that goal.

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Remove Snow Away From Fire Hydrants

During the winter months, it is important to remember the importance of removing snow away from fire hydrants in your neighborhood.

Hydrants often get buried under snow from people snow blowing and shoveling or plowed in by snow removal crews plowing the streets.

This means that during a fire emergency, taking the time to locate and shovel out a hydrant could take precious time away from stopping the fire.

Keep your neighborhood safe by shoveling a 3 foot clearance on all sides of a fire hydrant.  Remember, the home you might save could be your own!

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Check for Leaks!

Most leaks result from worn washers in household faucets and showerheads.  These fixtures should be checked often for even the smallest leak.  Repairing this type of leak is as easy as replacing the washer or “O” ring.

The toilet is one of the most common water wasters but these leaks tend to be harder to notice than faucet leaks.  Toilet leaks may occur at the overflow pipe, flapper valve, or at the plunger ball inside the tank.  Although you may not see or hear water running, your toilet may have a silent leak.  Drop a little food coloring in the tank and wait approximately 15 minutes.  If it appears in the bowl, you have a leak.

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“Flushable” and “Sewer Safe” Products Clog our Sewer Mains

Many products on the market today claim to be “sewer safe” and “flushable,” but they are not biodegradable and clog our sewer mains.

Nonwoven materials, feminine hygiene products, condoms, some facial wipes, kitty litter, and diapers are labeled as flushable but are causing problems in the wastewater collection system.

Please do not flush damaging products down the toilet!
As a general rule of thumb, ONLY FLUSH HUMAN WASTE AND TOILET PAPER!

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Call 811 Before You Dig! It’s Free and It’s the Law!

You need to notify PA One Call by dialing 811 every time you dig!

Some examples of when to call include, but are not limited to:
Building a garage, swimming pool, patio, or deck
Planting trees and shrubs
Installing a fence, including a pet perimeter fence
Erecting a basketball hoop, flag pole, or mailbox

Call 811 before you dig!  It’s free and it’s the law!

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New 911 Addresses needed for our files

If your address was changed by 911, please contact us to update your file!

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Customer Phone Numbers Needed for Emergency Notification

The Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority needs to have a phone number on file where you can be reached in the event of an emergency.  Please contact the office at 695-6300.

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