2023 Water Line Flushing will begin May 8th
Unidirectional water line flushing will kick off Monday, May 8th in North Battleford. The City’s Operations Department notes the necessary process ensures the City’s water distribution lines operate efficiently and that city water quality remains optimal.
The process is completed by moving water through city pipes and lines at a high speed, creating a scouring action. The water is then discharged [flushed], removing any buildup of materials in that line. The materials that are flushed during this process are harmless and the process requires no additional treatment for safety.
City areas scheduled for the 2023 flushing process include the western part of the City between Territorial Drive and Pēyak Trail and Riverview. The northeast from 100th Ave/20th Ave is excluded.
Watch for “WATER MAIN FLUSHING” signs on your block indicating that you will be affected by the unidirectional flushing that night. Residents in the affected block can continue to use water regularly until 7:00pm that night. In some cases, water main flushing of a block may take a few nights. In these cases, residents may use the water as normal from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Follow these tips to protect your home and goods from discoloured water and sediment produced from the flushing process:
- Do not use any taps after 7:00 pm
- Fill your bathtub or pails before 7:00 pm for water to manually flush toilets
- Set aside water for washing hands, washing dishes and consumption
- Turn off your water or shut off/ isolate water appliances such as water softeners, ice makers, water-cooled utilities, or any other devices that may use water
- Run the water from an outside tap for 10-minutes or until the water runs clear (if necessary)
- Restart your water appliances such as water softeners, ice makers, water-cooled utilities and any other devices that were turned off on nights that flushing occurs
Water tap use or toilet flushing while the unidirectional flushing is active can result in stained laundry, plugged filters, and damage to water heaters. The City is not responsible for any damages caused during this process.
If you use medical equipment requiring continuous water supply, please call City Hall immediately at 306-445-1700. If you are a commercial customer that operates during the flushing hours, contact City Hall for more information. The process of unidirectional line flushing should be completed on or before May 19th, 2023.
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