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The Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District has begun conducting a unidirectional flushing exercise throughout the city of Roanoke Rapids and town of Gaston.

Unidirectional flushing is a systematic and controlled flushing program used to remove sediments and old water from the system and to help maintain chlorine residuals throughout the system.

Flushing improves the overall quality of water in the distribution system and assists in the overall system maintenance.

This exercise may generate brief instances of discolored water, and if you notice discolored water, run the cold water tap a few minutes until clear before using your washing machine, water heater, or preparing food.

Showering, bathing and toilet flushing will not be affected.

If you have any questions or concerns or if the discolored water does not clear up, call the Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District at 252-537-9137.