Reminder of Fall Hydrant Flushing Program 2020

Reminder: City to Begin Fall Hydrant Flushing Program
Posted on 09/29/2020
The City of Charlottetown’s Water and Sewer Utility reminds the public that its Fall maintenance check and bi-annual Hydrant Flushing Program is expected to begin on September 30 and take place over a four- to six-week period.

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.

The Hydrant Flushing Program ensures every hydrant and water main 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.

The maintenance may cause a temporary discolouration of the water supply and/or slight drop in water pressure. The Water and Sewer Utility thanks the public for their patience and cooperation as this important task is completed.

Residents are also reminded that the Utility will be completing sewer main cleaning. It’s a good time for homeowners to ensure that their backflow prevention devices are clean and working properly.