As part of ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the quality and safety of drinking water, City of Powell River will begin a water main flushing program in Townsite on October 19.
According to a city media release, work is expected to continue over three weeks ending November 6.
“The plan is to flush the whole water system in the Townsite area,” stated waterworks supervisor Wade Carter. “Flushing generally is conducted between 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. It takes about 30 minutes to flush each hydrant. While the hydrant is being flushed, the homes on that block may experience discoloured water or a drop in water pressure, but it should be minimal. Caution is taken to ensure the process causes as little disruption as possible.”
The release stated that householders should limit or avoid using water during times when crews are flushing in their area. Discoloured water should not be used for purposes that require clean water, such as food preparation, medical or dental procedures, and laundry. Drinking discoloured water should not make people sick or cause adverse health effects, but it may not smell, look or taste appealing, the release stated.
It is recommended that residents in affected neighbourhoods not use the water or do laundry for about two hours after flushing, and after which, run a cold faucet for about five minutes to ensure the water is clear.
Commercial businesses may contact the public works department directly at 604.485.8657 for advance warning of flushing in their areas.
If residents experience little or no water pressure after crews have finished flushing in their area, they can contact the public works department at the number listed above.
“It’s all part of a good water maintenance system,” stated Carter. “Often, you won’t even be aware that flushing is taking place.”