East Courtenay watermain flushing scheduled for next week

City of Courtenay Public Works Services will be flushing water mains in a section of east Courtenay starting later this month.

The work zone falls south of Ryan Road, north of McDonald Road, west of Lerwick Road, and east of Back Road.

Flushing is planned from Monday, April 23 to Friday, May 4, on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

During flushing hours, properties in the area may experience temporary, short-term water pressure fluctuations, along with cloudy water or discoloration.

While flushing will occur over a large area during this time period, water to individual properties should only be affected for a limited time, typically less than an hour.

Activities such as laundry and dish washing should be scheduled outside of flushing hours. To clear discolored water, run cold water taps. If after one hour the water still does not clear, contact Public Works Services for assistance at 250-338-1525, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. or the after-hours emergency line at 250-334-2947.

Water main flushing is an important part of regular maintenance on Courtenay’s water system. By removing sediment, silt and organic material that may have accumulated in the water lines over time, it helps protect water quality and safety, and enhances the disinfection process.

Commuters are reminded to drive with caution around crews and obey traffic control personnel.

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