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Where we live: Elma/Marilla/Wales


The Elma Water Department on Monday starts its annual fire hydrant flushing program.

Water Department Superintendent Eugene Stevenson advised residents not to be alarmed if they see water flowing from unattended hydrants.

“We do put out orange signs announcing the flushing, and cones are set up,” Stevenson said. “But every year people still call the town.”

Stevenson said the flushing program helps eliminate minerals that may have settled in the water lines.

According to Stevenson, it takes between 15 minutes to one hour to flush a hydrant, depending on the size of the water line and the amount of sediment.

This week:

• Elma’s Conservation Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

• The Marilla Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a work session in the upper meeting room at Town Hall, 1720 Two Rod Road.

• The Wales Town Board meets ina year-end meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road.