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GUC begins operation 'Spring Clean'

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A 2018 photograph shows a Greenville Utilities Water Resources employee opening a fire hydrant to flush water line as part of the water system's annual "Operation Spring Clean." This year's program begins Sunday.

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, March 16, 2019

An annual preventive maintenance program that Greenville Utilities undertakes to maintain its water system begins on Sunday.

"Operation Spring Clean" will run through June 14. During the 13-week program, all 631 miles of water distribution lines on GUC's system will be cleaned by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short time, according to a GUC news release.

"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. 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."

If customers experience any air or discolored water in their water lines as a result of Operation Spring Clean, GUC recommends turning on the cold water faucet in the bathtub and running the water for 5-10 minutes until it runs clear.

The systemwide cleaning program will end on June 14. Weekly schedules are posted on GUC's website, Facebook and Twitter pages and 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

■ March 17-22

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

■ March 24-29

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

■ March 31 - April 5

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

■ April 7-12

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

■ April 14-19

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

■ April 21-26

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

■ April 28 - May 3

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

■ May 5-10

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

■ May 12-17

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

■ May 19-24

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

■ May 26-31

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

■ June 2-7

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

■ June 9-14

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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