WARE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Over the last few months, we have reported on dozens of complaints about the water quality in the town of Ware.

On Monday, town officials were out flushing water lines.

For months, people in Ware have been complaining about dirty and discolored water, but last week, town officials started taking new steps to help solve the problem

Since April 15, Ware's Department of Public Works has been flushing their water lines, helping to remove dirt and sediment.

"I know there’s a lot of dirty water complaints and this is one of the ways to remedy that," said Ware water supervisor Andy Lalashius.

Lalashius told Western Mass News don't worry if you don't notice an immediate change.

"We’re doing it at night to minimize the impact on residents and businesses. When we flush, even though it’ll clear up, there’s still a little sediment suspended in the water and it takes a couple hours for it to settle out. After we flush, some people still might have dirty water in their lines, but that will clear. If they run their faucet for a couple minutes, that will clear up," Lalashius noted.

When crews hooked up their hose to a fire hydrant along North Street on Monday afternoon, homeowners quickly saw the change in water color.

"Usually, it’s the same, but this time, it was just a little bit rustier or redder. I don’t know what to say, but it’s getting there. It’s getting better. They’re working on it and doing a great job. Run your water, don’t wash clothes. Tomorrow morning, it’ll be fine," said John Cenbura of Ware.

Lalashius said that this process with take six to seven weeks, then they will do another round of flushing the lines in September.

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