Hydrant Flushing

Hydrants provide a direct connection with the public water system. If you see anyone, who is not a Town of Canton Employee, opening a hydrant please call 781-821-5017 immediately.

Water Division's Hydrant Flushing Program

The Water Division's Hydrant Flushing Program is Flushing conducted twice a year, in the Spring and early Fall. Before beginning the program, a notice will be posted in the local newspapers, library, light board as well as Cable 8. Hydrant flushing is a recommendation of the DEP to:

  • Clean all pipes in the system
  • Ensure chlorine residual to the ends of the system
  • Locate and repair maintenance problems
  • Measure flows for fire protection

Discolored Water

This activity, which takes place of a six week-period may cause discolored water in varying degrees in all sections of Town. Residents who experience discolored water should flush their systems by opening a cold water faucet for a few minutes and then wait for about an hour. If the water is still not clear, the flushing procedure should be repeated.


The Water Department regrets that it cannot be responsible for any damage resulting from the flushing activity that is a necessary and normal maintenance function.