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Hydrant Flushing


Annual Maintenance Hydrant Flushing

The City of Quinte West will be conducting hydrant flushing starting the week of April 22nd and finishing the week of June 17th.  Flushing will be carried out daily starting at 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Fridays, in the respective area's below.

Fire Flow testing previously scheduled for the week of October 9-12, 2018, in the Frankford service area, has been rescheduled to be completed May 6-10, 2019.

2019 Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Map Area

Flushing Dates

Area description

Area #1

April 22 – April 26

Glen Miller, Batawa, and Frankford (east side of Trent River)

Area #2

April 29 – May 3

Frankford (west side of Trent River)

* Outstanding Fire Flow Testing to be completed in Frankford service area: May 6 – May 10

Area #3

May 6 – May 10

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

Area #4

May 13 – May 17

Trenton west side of Trent River, north of Dundas St., South of CP railroad bridge

Area #5

May 21 – May 24

Trenton west side of Trent River, north of CP Railroad bridge, including all of Telephone Road

Area #6

May 27 – May 31

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

Area #7

June 3 – June 7

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

Area #8

June 10 – June 14

Trenton east side of Trent River, north of Dixon Dr., east of Sidney St. (this does not include CFB Trenton owned property)

Area #9

June 17 – June 21

All of Bayside service area (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 discolouration 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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