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Campus wide fire hydrant flushing for 2013

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Starting on Tuesday July 23rd and running approximately five weeks, or until completion, the fire hydrants on campus will undergo the annual flushing process.

Flushing will begin at 3:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. every weekday.  The perimeter of the campus will be done early in the shift and the core later in the shift.  We will notify residential areas two days before flushing.  This will include North Village and Lincoln Apartments.

Flushing of Fire Hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity to help insure the integrity of the potable water system and the deliver of quality water to our campus population.  Flushing the hydrants remove sediments from the pipe, insures that the fire hydrants and valves are operating as intended, and helps to identify closed valves and weak flows.

Users may notice a discoloration in the water due to the flushing.  In the event that this does occur please open up your faucet and allow it to run water until it clears up.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Tom Fydenkevez at: TFydenke@facil.umass.edu or 413-230-2143.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this critical process.

Physical Plant Annual Steam Shutdown: Date Change

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The dates for the annual Steam Shutdown have been changed.  This year’s Steam Shutdown will be from 05/14/12 to 06/05/12.

Physical Plant Annual Steam Shut Down

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

This year’s Physical Plant Annual Steam Shut Down has been scheduled. The dates for this Steam Shut Down are from May 13, 2012 to June 3, 2012.

The areas scheduled for repair and maintenance work during this year’s Steam Shut Down is all the Dormitories and Dining Commons in the Southwest Residential Area. Also Herter Hall, Whitmore, Isenberg, School of Management, Fine Arts and Mahar Auditorium will be affected.

The types of services that will be interrupted in these areas are steam, domestic hot water, and air conditioning. Individual building shut down notifications for Steam Shut Down 2012 have been sent out by the Physical Plant.

Please contact Tom Fydenkevez at phone number 545-3231 if you have any questions or comments about this evolution.

Campus wide fire hydrant flushing for 2011

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Starting on Tuesday July 5th and running approximately five weeks, or until completion, the fire hydrants on campus will undergo the annual flushing process.

Flushing will begin at 3:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. every weekday. The perimeter of the campus will be done early in the shift and the core later in the shift. We will notify residential areas two days before flushing. This will include North Village and Lincoln Apartments.

Users may notice a discoloration in the water due to the flushing. All one needs to do is run the water until it clears up.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Tom Fydenkevez 413-230-2143.

Physical Plant Annual Steam Shut Down

Friday, March 11th, 2011

This year’s Physical Plant Annual Steam Shut Down has been scheduled. The dates for this Steam Shut Down are from May 16, 2011 to June 3, 2011.

 The areas scheduled for repair and maintenance work during this year’s Steam Shut Down is all the Dormitories and Dining Commons in the Southwest Area. Also New Africa House, Studio Arts, Hills, Gorman, Baker House, Chadbourne House, Brooks House, Greenough House, Van Meter House, Butterfield House, Fernald Hall and the Apiary will be affected.

 The types of services that will be interrupted in these areas are steam, domestic hot water, and air conditioning. Individual building shut down notifications for Steam Shut Down 2011 will be sent out shortly by the Physical Plant.

 Please contact Tom Fydenkevez at phone number 545-3231 if you have any questions or comments about this evolution.

Campus wide fire hydrant flushing for 2010 begins July 6

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Starting on Tuesday July 6th and running approximately four weeks, or until completion, the fire hydrants on campus will undergo the annual flushing process.

Flushing will begin at 3:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. every weekday. The perimeter of the campus will be done early in the shift and the core later in the shift. We will notify residential areas two days before flushing. This will include North Village and Lincoln Apartments.

Users may notice a discoloration in the water due to the flushing. All one needs to do is run the water until it clears up.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact the Service Desk at 545-6401.