Abbotsford Water Main Flushing
28 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
The City of Abbotsford will be flushing the water mains in the King Road area on Friday, June 28, 2013. This will take place between 0900 and 1600.
During the water main flushing, there will be sediment cleaned from the water lines which may cause the water to be discoloured.
The City recommends that you not drink the water while the water main flushing is underway. The campus bathrooms will still be operational and usable.
If you know you will need drinking water during this period, as a precautionary measure, you should store a sufficient reserve of potable water for drinking during the water main flushing hours.
Once complete, to get rid of the discoloured appearance of the water, you should fully open your cold water faucets to flush the discoloured water out of the piping. In most cases, the water should begin to run clear again within a minute.
What if someone drinks the water when it is discoloured?
Drinking discoloured water should not make you sick; however, it may not smell, taste or look pleasant.
Why does flush-water (hydrant or at the tap) appear discoloured?
The colour is due to the presence of solids that are scoured from the surface of the pipes. These may include sand, sediment, iron (rust), and manganese, all of which are naturally occurring and common to virtually every water system. At the levels that cause mild discoloration, these solids are not harmful, although they may change the taste of the water.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UFV Facilities or the City of Abbotsford.
Sheldon Marche, P.Eng.
Associate Director, Building Systems
University of the Fraser Valley