Hydrant flushing will begin on May 27, 2024, in the DeBolt, Ridgevalley, Little Smoky, and Valleyview Rural Water Line areas. In Grovedale, the flushing will start on June 3, 2024.

Hydrant Flushing: What is it?

Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants—a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of our water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to residents and businesses—as well as to our firefighters during firefighting efforts. It also helps maintain our water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains (distribution pipes).

House water may appear cloudy or brown.

You may notice that your water is cloudy or may even have a brown tint when hydrant flushing is being performed in your area. Sometimes, hydrant flushing can make the water temporarily appear rust-coloured because the iron and mineral deposits in the water get stirred up. This cloudy or tinted water is still safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, but it may stain laundry. Please flush your taps after the hydrant flushing to help wash away any residual particles that may have entered your water line.

Iron deposits cause the main component of the discoloration of the water during hydrant flushing from inside the water mains. There is no health hazard associated with discoloured water. Water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing; however, it may stain laundry. Water quality will be monitored.

My water is discoloured. What should I do?

Wait until flushing has subsided in your area, then run a cold water tap until the water runs clear.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Environmental Services at 780-524-7600.