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Water main flushing in West Courtenay starts October 12th

Public Works crews will be flushing water mains in part of West Courtenay this month. 

The area to be flushed falls between Lake Trail Road/10th Street, Rotary Trail railway corridor, Comox Valley Parkway, and the western City boundary.

Flushing is planned on weekdays between 7:30am. and 4:00pm from Oct. 12th to 22nd.

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

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The City of Courtenay says that 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, 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, the city says 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.

According to the city, 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 lengthening the life of system components.

You’re reminded to drive with caution around crews and obey traffic control personnel.

To learn more about the City’s UDF program, visit

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