On Wednesday, October 28, the City’s Utilities department will be completing hydrant maintenance activities, which includes flow testing and flushing, to ensure adequate water flow for fire fighting activities, fire sprinkler systems, residents and businesses. The following areas, as show below will be impacted: Barrick Road, Highway 58 (West Side Road) and Northland Avenue.
The goal is to clear any iron and mineral deposits from watermains to help maintain the City’s water clarity and quality, and to provide important fire flow data that can influence development opportunities and insurance rates for our residents and businesses.
Residents in the area indicated on the map may notice their water is temporarily rusty in colour because the iron and mineral deposits in the water are stirred up. The water is safe to use and consume during hydrant maintenance, however, it may stain laundry.
Residents are encouraged to limit their water use and wait until hydrant maintenance activities have finished in their area. Once maintenance is finished, they can run the cold water tap in the lowest level of their home (i.e. laundry tub in the basement, bathtub) until the water runs clear. This may take 10-15 minutes, and will likely use less than 1m3 (or 1,000 liters) of water.
Questions? Call the Engineering and Operations Centre at 905-835-5079.