If you see cloudy water coming from your taps early next week, here’s why. 

Public Works Services crews will be flushing water mains in parts of East Courtenay. 

The work zone will include Comox Road starting at the K’ómoks First Nation boundary, to sections of the Old Island Highway, Ryan Road, Back Road, Headquarters Road, Vanier Drive, and surrounding areas.

The work is planned on weekdays between 7:30am and 4:00pm from Oct. 15 to 31.

The city notes that during flushing hours, households and commercial properties in the area may experience temporary, short-term water pressure fluctuations, along with cloudy water or discolouration.

While flushing will occur over a large area during this time period, water to individual properties should only be affected for a limited time, typically less than an hour.

Activities such as laundry and dishwashing should be scheduled outside of flushing hours. 

To clear discoloured water, run cold water taps. 

If after one hour the water still does not clear, contact Public Works Services for assistance at 250-338-1525, Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 4:00pm or the after-hours emergency line at 250-334-2947.

Uni-directional flushing (UDF) involves the strategic use of valves and hydrants to isolate sections of water mains. 

Through this method, crews are able to achieve higher water velocity, which in turn increases effectiveness and reduces water use by 40 per cent compared to conventional flushing methods. 

The city says UDF enhances overall water quality within the water distribution system, and :improves system operations by reducing turbidity, removing sediment, silt and biofilms, lowering chlorine demand, increasing system hydraulic capacity, and increasing the life of system components.”

The City thanks area residents and businesses for their understanding during this necessary maintenance. Commuters are reminded to drive with caution around crews and obey traffic control personnel.

To learn more about the City’s UDF program, visit www.courtenay.ca/udf