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'Operation Spring Clean' flushes GUC water system

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A Greenville Utilities Water Resources employee opens a fire hydrant to flush water line as part of the water system's annual "Operation Spring Clean" which begins this week.

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Greenville Utilities launched its “Operation Spring Clean” on Sunday and customers are reminded that the process can temporarily discolor their water.

The 13-week preventive maintenance program is done annually to clean out water lines “to ensure that GUC customers continue to receive high quality water,” according to a news release.

The process started this week in all areas northwest of the Tar River and Memorial Drive to the end of Greenville Utilities water distribution system.

"To minimize inconvenience to customers, cleaning will be conducted Sunday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.," said Randy Emory, GUC's director of Water Resources. "Water service will not be interrupted because of Operation Spring Clean; however, we advise customers to avoid using water (if possible) when their lines are being cleaned.

“Although there is no health risk, the cleaning process involves flushing the pipes with high velocities of water,” Emory said. “As a result, water may be discolored for a short period of time. GUC advises customers to avoid washing clothes until the water is clear."

During the 13-week program, which ends on June 15, all 631 miles of water distribution lines on GUC's system will be cleaned. It involves opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short time.

Customers who experience any air or discolored water in their water lines as a result of Operation Spring Clean should turn on the cold water faucet in the bathtub and run the water for 5 to 10 minutes until it runs clear, according to the news release.

Weekly schedules are posted on GUC's website, guc.com, Facebook and Twitter pages. It also will be published in The Daily Reflector. Call GUC at 551-1551 for specific information on the Operation Spring Clean schedule.

Operation Spring Clean Schedule

Week 1:  Now-Friday

All areas northwest of the Tar River and Memorial Drive to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 2: Monday-March 31

All areas northeast of the Tar River extending from Greene Street and Memorial Drive to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 3: April 1-6

All areas between Stantonsburg Road and N.C. 43 to Greene Street and south of the Tar River.

Week 4: April 8-13

All areas east of Greene Street between East Fifth Street and south of Tar River.

Week 5: April 15-20

All areas between Dickinson Avenue and Stantonsburg Road to Evans Street and to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 6: April 22-27

All areas between Dickinson Avenue to Charles Boulevard and south to Greenville Boulevard.

Week 7: April 29-May 4

All areas between Dickinson Avenue to Charles Boulevard and south to Greenville Boulevard.

Week 8: May 6-11

All areas south of East Fifth St. between Charles Boulevard to Greenville Boulevard.

Week 9: May 13-18

All areas from Greenville Boulevard between 264 Alternate to Old Tar Road to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 10: May 20-25

All areas from Greenville Boulevard between U.S. 264 Alternate to Old Tar Road to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 11: May 27-June 1

All areas from Greenville Boulevard between Old Tar Road to Charles Boulevard to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 12: June 3-8

All areas from Greenville Boulevard between Old Tar Road to Charles Boulevard to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

Week 13: June 10-15

All areas from Greenville Boulevard between Charles Boulevard to N.C. 33 East to the end of Greenville Utilities' water distribution system.

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