COURTENAY, BC- Public works crews are going to be flushing water mains in parts of East Courtenay, starting next week.

The work is planned from Monday, Feb. 19th to Friday, March 9th, with flushing occurring weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The areas affected include:

  • Along Mission Road and side streets, including Queneesh Elementary School
  • The commercial and residential area on the north corner of Ryan and Lerwick Road intersection to Crown Isle Boulevard/Silverdale Crescent, including the Home Depot complex and Costco
  • The residential area on the south corner of the Ryan and Lerwick Road intersection to Evergreen Avenue, Malahat Drive and side streets

During the flushing hours, households and commercial properties in those areas could experience temporary, short-term water pressure fluctuations, along with cloudy water and discolouration.

“Water main flushing improves water quality by removing sediment, silt and organic material that may have accumulated in the water lines over time,” said Kyle Shaw, the City of Courtenay’s Manager of Transportation & Utilities – Maintenance, in a release.

“It helps protect the safety and quality of our water, and enhances the disinfection process, so it’s a very important part of our regular maintenance.”

Flushing will occur over a large area, but the city said that water to individual properties should only be affected for a limited time, typically less than an hour.

In a release, the City advised that activities like laundry and dish-washing should be scheduled outside of the flushing hours. To clear discoloured water, run cold water taps.

If after one hour, the water is still not clear, residents can contact Public Works Services at (250) 338-1525 on Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at the after hours emergency line of (250) 334-2947.

Commuters are being reminded to drive around crews carefully and obey traffic control personnel.