Hydrant Flow Testing Underway

PUC would like to advise customers in the East End and Batchewana First Nation Rankin Reserve that crews will be in the area to conduct hydrant flow tests over the next few weeks. These flow tests determine the flow rate and water pressure at specific locations within PUC’s water distribution system.

These tests are required under the Fire Code to determine how much water would be obtainable during a fire emergency.

During these tests, there is a possibility a flow reversal could occur within the water distribution system.
This is a result that when there is a significant change in the rate or direction of flow of water in the distribution system, sediment in the watermains can be disturbed and carried along with the water. As a
result, there is a chance that customers in the areas could experience discoloured water.

In the event customers notice that their water is discoloured, they should:

  • Turn on a cold-water tap (to keep the sediment out of the water heater) and let the water run
    for a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • It is best to use a bathtub tap or a basement laundry tub, as there is no screen to trap any
  • If the water does not clear up after 15 minutes of flushing, turn off your tap, wait 30 minutes,
    and try again. If the water does not clear up after two 15-minute flushing cycles, please call PUC
    Customer Experience at 705-759-6522 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
    705-759-6555 at all other times

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