Main Cleaning

2023 Main Cleaning Schedule

The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) is scheduled to clean all dead-end mains in Fremont, Newark, and Union City to improve water quality and remove sediment buildup in pipes that may cause discolored water. This is part of the vital service provided by ACWD to ensure that all customers receive high quality water.

To align with the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the 2023 Main Cleaning Program is modified to support ACWD’s water conservation efforts. This modification will allow us to save approximately 50% of the water which is typically used for the Main Cleaning Program and will help us meet the water use reduction goals outlined in the adopted ACWD Water Shortage Emergency and Mandatory Restrictions on Water Use Ordinance. Although fewer mains will be cleaned in 2023, ACWD strives to meet all regulatory requirements and maintain system performance.

Cleaning will occur from January 2023 through April 2023; Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 4 PM (excluding holidays).  Note that the cleaning schedule is subject to change. 

Please note that there may be sediments stirred up in the water during or immediately after the cleaning event, giving the water a cloudy or discolored appearance. The water remains safe to drink (see discolored water FAQs). Residents may experience discolored water on streets or cul-de-sacs if the surrounding areas are being cleaned. Please minimize water use and avoid washing light-colored laundry from 7 AM to 4 PM on the day main cleaning is scheduled or if discolored water is noticed.

You can Click Here to find out if your street will be cleaned this year 

  • Type your street address in the search box
  • Click on your street name and a dialog box will display the date of water main cleaning.

A list of streetsMain Cleaning Photo being cleaned in 2023 sorted alphabetically by city is available.

Tip: To search for your street, on your keyboard press Ctrl+F and type your street name into the search box; then press 'Next'. If your street is scheduled to be cleaned this year, the street name will be highlighted. Please note that the flushing dates may be subject to change due to system operations.

For further program information please contact the Operations Department administrative staff at (510) 668-6500; Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

ACWD staff thoroughly examined possible recapture methods for main cleaning discharges and will continue to do so. As much as ACWD would like to be able to reuse water from the main cleaning program, unfortunately, in most cases, it’s just not technically feasible. To clean our mains and continue to ensure high quality water for our customers, we need to flush at remarkably high flow rates that are not possible to recapture. The number of trucks, transit time for the trucks, gas, etc. needed to recapture the water would be excessive. Directing the water to a truck would be very time-consuming, inefficient, and resource intensive, significantly increasing costs of these State-required processes.

Helpful Tips for Home

To minimize discolored water:

  • Refrain from water use while main cleaning is in progress in your neighborhood.
  • Wait an hour after street operations have ceased before using your taps to let normal flow patterns re-establiMainCleaningSign-Dec2021-print (002)sh themselves.

To clear discolored water from your plumbing:

  • Run the cold water faucet of your bathtub or other unscreened tap for 2-3 minutes until the water runs clear.
  • If the water does not clear, turn off your faucet and wait an hour before repeating the process.

You will be notified by postcard or through your property manager at least one week prior to any main cleaning taking place in your neighborhood.