Water Main Flushing in Crown Isle Area Starting April 10

March 30, 2017

City of Courtenay Public Works Services will be flushing water mains in the Crown Isle area southeast of Ryan and Lerwick Roads to McDonald Road from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 28, on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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

“Flushing is an important part of regular maintenance on the City’s water system. It improves water quality by removing sediment, silt and organic material that may have accumulated in the water lines over time,” advised Kyle Shaw, the City of Courtenay’s manager of transportation & utilities - maintenance. “It helps protect the safety and quality of our water, and enhances the disinfection process.”

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 dishwashing should be scheduled outside of flushing hours. To clear discoloured 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. – 4:00 p.m. or the after-hours emergency line at 250-334-2947.

The City thanks area residents and businesses for their understanding during this necessary maintenance. Commuters are reminded to drive with caution around flushing crews and obey traffic control personnel.