Water Main Flushing in East Courtenay Starts April 8

April 2, 2024

City of Courtenay Operational Services will be flushing water mains in parts of east Courtenay from April 8 to April 26.

April 8-12

Area 6: Lower Comox Road to Vanier Drive and Old Island Highway to Back Road

April 15-19

Area 7: Dingwall Road to Cotton Road and Island Highway North to Veterans Memorial Parkway

April 22-26

Area 8: McDonald Road to Ryan Road and Back Road to Lerwick Road (excluding Cowichan Avenue area)

Flushing is planned on weekdays between 8:00 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.

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 Operational 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 lengthening 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 www.courtenay.ca/udf