Courtenay residents can expect to get discolored water in their homes, as the city’s public work services will be flushing water mains, starting next week.
The flushing will be happening in multiple areas, including 11th street, the Courtenay Riverway waterfront, and the Rotary Trail railway corridor, with the work extending to Monaltrie Drive.
This is part of the unidirectional flushing program, which focuses on the strategic use of valves and hydrants throughout the city, which achieves higher water velocity and reduces water use by 40 per cent compared to other methods.
According to the city, houses and commercial properties may experience temporary water pressure fluctuations, along with cloudy water or discoloration during the flushing hours.
They advise residents to do laundry and dishwashing outside of these hours, where you can clear discolored water by running cold water taps.
If the water doesn’t get clear after an hour, you should call public work services at 250-338-1525.
The flushing is scheduled to run from March 6 to 24 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information on the program, visit the City of Courtenay’s website.