REMINDER: Spring Hydrant Flushing Program

REMINDER: Spring Hydrant Flushing Program
Posted on 05/05/2020
The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility’s regular spring maintenance check and bi-annual Hydrant Flushing Program continues this week. Residents and property owners are reminded that the maintenance may cause a temporary discolouration of the water supply and/or slight drop in water pressure.

The Hydrant Flushing Program ensures every hydrant and watermain in Charlottetown is functioning properly. The program is based on best practices in other jurisdictions and considered necessary preventative maintenance to ensure water quality and improve public safety. During this time, hydrants in the Capital City will be operated at full capacity for about three to five minutes each, until the water runs clear.

Water is released from the hydrants at a high velocity to ensure proper hydrant operation and to flush sediment from the pipe network. Water from these hydrants will be allowed to flow freely during testing and cannot be captured at such high velocity for recycling. The public is asked to avoid hydrants as they are being flushed.

Staff completing the work will continue enhanced sanitation efforts and physical distancing. The public is respectfully asked to also observe the minimum two metres (or six feet) of distance if approaching City employees.

The Water and Sewer Utility thanks the public for their patience and cooperation as this important task is completed.