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Annual unidirectional water line flushing starts May 6th

The City’s Operations Department is preparing to start its annual unidirectional water line flushing process on the evening of May 6th, 2024. This process ensures the City’s water distribution lines are working properly and also serves as a way to make sure the City’s water supply quality is optimal.     

The materials that are flushed out of City water lines during this process are harmless and the process requires no additional treatment for safety.

On deck for areas of the City which will be impacted during the 2024 water line flushing process are: Riverside Park area, south of the railroad tracks as far east as Poundmaker Trail, 105th Street east to Territorial Drive, from 18th Avenue south down to Railway Avenue East, and 100th Street to 104th Street, at 11th Avenue moving south down to Railway Avenue. The full map can be found here.

“WATER MAIN FLUSHING” signs will be put out by Operations staff on your block which indicates that your property will be subject to unidirectional flushing that night. Commercial properties are being contacted directly by Operations staff members to address their needs for use of water at night, if applicable. Commercial properties in the affected flushing areas may also reach out to City Hall with questions at 306-445-1700. If you are in a residential area where flushing occurs, you may continue to use water regularly until 7pm that night. In some cases, water main flushing of a block may take a few nights. In these cases, residents may use their water as normal from 7am-7pm.

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 7pm
  • Fill a bathtub or pails/buckets before 7pm 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 if the water is cloudy
  • Restart your water appliances such as water softeners, ice makers, water-cooled utilities and any other devices that were turned off during the flushing process

Use of water in your property while unidirectional flushing is underway can result in stained laundry, plugged filters, and can also damage 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. The process of unidirectional line flushing should be completed within 10-14 days. The City of North Battleford thanks the public in advance for their cooperation.


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For more information:

Candace Toma         
Public & Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator

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