Friday, March 06, 2015

Nanaimo Watermain Flushing March 9 - 13


City of Nanaimo Water Main Flushing Program

Regular water main flushing is an important component of a comprehensive water management program. The City of Nanaimo's Water Main Flushing Program flushes over 90 Kilometers of water supply mains and over 536 kilometers of distribution water mains. The City's Public Works Department annually flushes potable water at a high velocity through the water mains to ensure that all piping is refreshed and minor sediment within the pipe is removed. This is one of the methods that the City uses to help keep Nanaimo's drinking water safe and clean.

The water main flushing program starts in February with crews flushing water supply mains from South Forks dam into the City. Between March and May crews flush the in-town water distribution mains starting in the Cinnabar area then through town, finishing in the north end of Nanaimo.

While this program is underway, short periods of low pressure and discoloured water may be expected. Any discolouration is temporary and not a health hazard. Residents are asked to minimize their water consumption if a change in water appearance is noticed. To clear water lines, residents are advised to turn on their cold water tap until the water runs clear. Anyone with a weakened immune system should reference information on Island Health's website.


March 9 to March 13

  • Old City/Chase River area from Kennedy Street and the E&N tracks in the west, down to the harbor in the east; from the Millstone River in the north, south to the Cedar Landfill. 
  • College Park area. 
  • Westwood Lake area. 
  • Miner's Park/Bird Sanctuary area. 
  • Stewart Ave., Newcastle Ave., Townsite Rd. area

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