Water Main Flushing from Comox Road to East Courtenay May 6-10
April 29, 2019
City of Courtenay Public Works Services will be flushing water mains in part of East Courtenay. The work zone will include Comox Road starting at the K’ómoks First Nation boundary, to sections of the Old Island Highway, Ryan Road, and Back Road, and surrounding areas.
Flushing is planned from Monday to Friday, May 6 to 10, 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.
Water main flushing area shown in grey on the map below:“We’ve significantly increased our water main flushing activities in recent years through our new uni-directional flushing program, and this helps protect the safety and quality of our water supply and enhance the overall disinfection process,” advised Kyle Shaw, the City of Courtenay’s Manager of Transportation & Utilities - Maintenance. “Removing sediment, silt and organic material that may have accumulated in the water lines over time is an essential part of our regular system maintenance.”
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.
Uni-directional flushing (UDF) involves the strategic use of valves and hydrants to isolate sections of water mains. Through this method, crews are able to achieve higher water velocity, which in turn increases effectiveness and reduces water use by 40 per cent compared to conventional flushing methods.
UDF enhances overall water quality within the water distribution system, and improves system operations by reducing turbidity, removing sediment, silt and biofilms, lowering chlorine demand, increasing system hydraulic capacity, and increasing the life of system components.
The City thanks area residents and businesses for their understanding during this necessary maintenance. Commuters are reminded to drive with caution around crews and obey traffic control personnel.