Fire Hydrant Flushing: What You Need to Know

Posted On Friday March 26, 2021

Municipal Works staff flush fire hydrants and watermains during the spring and summer.

This annual maintenance ensures water quality and water pressure.

Hydrant testing and flushing may result in temporary inconveniences. Water discharged during testing disturbs sediments in the water distribution system. This may result in brown or rust-coloured water and may also reduce regular water pressure.

 If you detect brown or rust-coloured water, do not drink the water or wash your laundry. We recommend that you run the cold water taps in your home until the discolouration disappears. Discoloured water is not harmful to your health, but it can stain laundry.

If your laundry is stained from discoloured water, please contact Municipal Works at (613) 932-5354.

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