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Hydrant Flushing


Fire Flow Testing/Colour Coding of Hydrant

The City of Quinte West, in conjunction with Flowmetrix Technical Services Inc., will be performing fire flow testing of fire hydrants, throughout the City, starting mid-October until the end of the year,  as weather permits with further testing  commencing the following year.  This testing will ensure that fire hydrants are colour coded for Emergency purposes in accordance with the  Ontario Fire Code 6.6.6 - Uniform Marking of Hydrants.

It is estimated that approximetly 300-400 hydrants will be completed in 2017 and the remainder to follow in the Spring of 2018, starting in April.

Similar to the City's annual hydrant flushing program, the City warns that discolouration of tap water is possible.  This is caused by quick flowing water disrupting sediment that normally wouldn't be disturbed by average household pressures.  Residents that experience discolouration can run their cold water taps until the water is clear. Please avoid doing laundry while water is discoloured.  

Fire flow testing will be carried out daily 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hydrant Flushing

The City of Quinte West will be conducting hydrant flushing starting the week of April 16th and finishing the week of June 11th.  Flushing will be carried out daily starting at 7:30am until 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 7:30am until 10:30am Fridays, in the respective area's below.


2018 Hydrant Flushing Schedule



Area Description


April 16 to 20

Glen   Miller and Batawa.


April 23 to 27

All   of Frankford.


April 30 to May 4

Trenton   west side of the Trent River, south of Dundas St.


May 7 to 11

Trenton   west side of the Trent River, north of Dundas St. and south of the CPR   railroad bridge.


May 14 to 18

Trenton west side of   the Trent River, north of the CPR railroad bridge, including all of Telephone   Rd.


May 21 to 25

Trenton east side of   the Trent River, south of Dixon Dr.


May 28 to June 1

Trenton east side of   the Trent River, north of Dixon Dr. and west of Sidney St.


June 4 to 8

Trenton east side of the   Trent River, north of Dixon Dr. and east of Sidney St. (this does not include the   PMQ's). 


June 11 to 15

All of Sidney Ward.




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Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is hydrant flushing necessary?

Hydrant Flushing is a necessary maintenance process that removes particles and minerals that form over time inside water pipes, thereby widening the pathway for the water to flow.  Flushing ensures a continual, adequate supply of potable water for necessary uses while meeting public safety needs through fire prevention (under Ontario Fire Code, Ont. Reg. 730/81) and confirming  that water supply systems, including valves and hydrants, are in good working order.

What should I do when hydrants are being flushing in my area?

If you see a crew flushing a hydrant in your area, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is complete.  If you see hydrant flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.  If flushing is taking place in winter season, please be aware of possible slippery roads or sidewalks and proceed with caution.

What should I do after flushing?

If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of fine sediment that causes discolouration.  If you encounter discoloured water, simply flush the cold water tap, closest to your water meter, for up to 15 minutes to clear any remaining discoloured water from your pipes and fixtures.  Other household cold water taps can also be flushed to ensure no discoloured water remains in the plumbing for your home. If the water doesn't clear in 15 minutes, wait 30 minutes and try again.  In some cases, slight discolouration of water might linger for a few hours.  This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect water quality.  There are no known health hazards associated with discoloured water that results from flushing.

If water pressure or volume in your home seems low after flushing has been completed in your area, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

How much does the water I use to flush my taps clear, cost me?

To help put the water cost into perspective, it costs $2.13 (water and sewer services) or $1.16 (water services only) for every 1000 Litres of water used. This amounts to only $0.02 (water and sewer services) or $0.01 (water service only) per 10 Litres. 

Why can the flushing not be done at night?

It is safer for staff to work on the streets in daylight.  Also, daylight provides better visibility to see when all the sediment has been flushed out and the water is running clear.


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