Water Main Flushing in West Courtenay

September 30, 2020

City of Courtenay Public Works Services will be flushing water mains in West Courtenay from October 13 to November 13.

Crews will be flushing in the area between Menzies Avenue, Lake Trail Road, Arden Road, and the Puntledge River from October 13 - 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays.

Crews will be completing overnight flushing between Anderton Avenue, 10th Street, Menzies Avenue, and the Puntledge River, including the downtown core, from October 26 - November 13 from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekdays.

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

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.

To learn more about the City’s UDF program visit the Unidirectional Flushing Program page.