Chase Public Works will begin its new annual Water Main Flushing Program beginning June 7th, 2021 and completing on June 18th, 2021.
With the introduction of our relatively new Water Treatment Plant in 2015 and the high quality of potable water within our distribution system, developing an annual flushing program will allow us to improve an already great product and reduce the amount of chlorine needed to maintain a minimal residual within the system and at its extremities.
Flushing in the Spring allows us to take advantage of snow melt water and helps us to flush our storm water system at the same time, removing sediments that build up over time. Water spent to flush our water mains is de-chlorinated and repurposed for flushing catch basins, leads, mains and culverts.
Why are we flushing our water mains? The flushing program will be conducted annually and will provide the following system benefits:
- Improved water quality.
- Improved system hydraulic capacity.
- Improved system operation by identifying weak or problem areas.
- Improved/restored chlorine residual.
- Decrease turbidity within the system when large volumes of water are used in such cases as firefighting and bulk water use.
How does water main flushing affect your water?
During the flushing process, low pressures and discoloured water may be experienced for short periods. Any discolouration is temporary and is not a health hazard. Village staff collect and test water samples for chlorine residual throughout the entire distribution system regularly to ensure that the water is safe for consumption. If any discolouration is noticed, residents are asked to open their out door cold-water taps (after flushing hours) and allow it to flow until the water becomes clear.
It is important to note that even if flushing is not occurring directly on your street, the connecting streets in your area could be affected as well.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Water Main Flushing Program, please contact the Village Office at 250-679-3238.