Water main flushing begins this week

Traffic delays expected

  • Nov. 16, 2015 1:00 p.m.

City of Courtenay Public Works will be flushing water mains starting Tuesday, Nov. 17 and continuing for two weeks. Water main flushing will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, in a number of areas in East and West Courtenay.

Trevor Kushner, the City of Courtenay’s manager of public works, said flushing is an important part of regular maintenance on the City’s water service, noting, “Flushing helps remove sediment, and ensures our water quality remains high.”

Flushing will begin in West Courtenay,   at the following locations:

• Arden Road from Lake Trail Road to 1st Street including 2200 – 2380 Embleton Crescent

• Lake Trail Road from Willemar Avenue to 2107 Lake Trail Road and 10th Street from Willemar Avenue to Piercy Avenue

• 5th Street from Menzies Avenue to Cliffe Avenue

• Cumberland Road from McPhee Avenue to Fitzgerald Avenue and 8th Street from Fitzgerald Avenue to Cliffe Avenue, McPhee Avenue from Cumberland Road to 847 McPhee Avenue

• 11th Street from McPhee Avenue to Cliffe Avenue

• Tull Avenue from 2377 Tull Avenue to 17th Street

• 26th Street from Piercy Avenue to Cliffe Avenue and Kilpatrick Avenue from 26th Street to 28th Street and Cliffe Avenue from 2760 – 2420 Cliffe Avenue

• 355 Anfield Road and Cliffe Avenue from Anfield Road to 17th Street

Once flushing in West Courtenay is complete, crews will begin working on the following water mains in East Courtenay.

• Ryan Road from Old Island Highway to Back Road and Back Road from Ryan Road to Valley View Drive

• Dingwall Road from Northland Place to Island Highway North (Hwy 1-A) and Back Road from Island Highway North to Ryan Road and Centennial Drive from Back Road to McLauchlin Drive

• Mission Road from Lerwick Road to Muir Road and Muir Road from  4605 – 2625 Muir Road, Walbran Place, Anna Place, Shetland Place

• Ryan Road from Crown Isle Boulevard/Crown Isle Drive to NIC, Lerwick Road from Waters Place to Malahat Drive, Crown Isle Drive from Ryan Road to Malahat Drive.

Motorists are asked to slow down and use caution when approaching flushing crews. Commuters may experience traffic delays in the work zones, with single lane traffic and intermittent road closures between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the days of flushing.

While flushing will occur over a large area during this time period, water to individual properties should only be affected for a short period of time, typically between 30 to 60 minutes. Residents may notice a slight drop in water pressure accompanied by some turbidity (discoloured water).

Residents are advised to check their water before doing laundry or dishwashing; or schedule these tasks between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays or at anytime on the weekends, since work will not be performed on the water mains during these time periods. Properties with filtration systems should be aware of the potential for turbid water.

If you notice discoloured water after the hours of operation, run your cold water taps for a period of 20 minutes to clear up any sediment. If the water does not clear in 60 minutes or you require more information regarding this project, call the City of Courtenay Public Works Department at 250-338-1525, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. or the emergency after hours number at 250-334-2947.