Water Main Flushing Program 2022

Chase Public Works will begin its new annual Water Main Flushing Program beginning May 9th, 2022 and lasting until complete, approximately May 27th.

Our annual flushing program allows us to continue delivering exceptional water to our utility clients, and also allows us to reduce the amount of chlorine needed to maintain a minimal residual within the system.

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 used in flushing 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 is conducted annually and provides the following 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, by law, to ensure that the water is safe for consumption. If any discolouration is noticed, residents are asked to open their outdoor 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.