Hydrant Flushing

Watermain cleaning (hydrant flushing) will commence in Rockwood on April 25, 2017.

Each year, the Township of Guelph/Eramosa conducts its annual hydrant flushing in Rockwood and the Hamilton Drive area. Roadside signs are placed in the area where the flushing crews are working. Hydrant flushing is usually completed during the month of May.

Notice to residents.


Updates

Area A is in completed.

Area B is in progress.

Area C is pending.

Area D is pending.

Area E is pending.

Area F is pending.

Please see our updated map to show estimated dates and times for water main cleaning


Hydrant flushing (or watermain cleaning) is necessary to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. 

Hydrant flushing activities may create temporary instances of discoloured water from sediment.  While drinking small quantities of discoloured water is not likely to cause health risk, it is recommended that residents wait until the water runs clear before consuming water.  If you see discoloured water coming out of your faucet, please wait 2 hours to allow for the sediment to settle.  Then, run your cold water tap (not hot) for a short period of time until the water runs clear.  You may need to remove and clean the tap screen.

Prior to hydrant flushing, we recommend that you fill a clean container with tap water for drinking and cooking and store this container in your fridge.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Water Wastewater Division at (519) 856-9596 ext. 122.

What is water main cleaning (hydrant flushing)?

The Water Wastewater Division needs to periodically release water from hydrants. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.

Does this affect my property?

If you live in the Rockwood and Hamilton Drive areas and receive municipal water and wastewater services, hydrant flushing will impact your home or business.  Please read the following important information.

When does watermain cleaning (hydrant flushing) take place?

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s annual flushing program begins when the winter snow has melted and the ground has thawed.  The land must be dry enough to open up fire hydrants and flush until the water coming from the hydrant runs clear. 

How can you find out when flushing is happening?

The Guelph/Eramosa Water Department uses the following methods to inform customers of planned hydrant flushing:

  • Post notification in Rockwood at the Post Office, Rockwood Pharmacy & Royal Bank
  • Advertisements in the “Wellington Advertiser” & “The New Tanner”
  • Website posting at www.get.on.ca  under “News and Announcements”
  • Mobile signs in Rockwood and Hamilton Drive areas

NOTE: Due to the regular operational work taking place during the hydrant flushing period, we are unable to provide exact timelines for flushing on a specific street.

Medical equipment

Customers with medical equipment requiring continuous water supply or continuous water pressure are requested to contact the Water Wastewater Division noted below. 

How can you reduce drawing discoloured water into your plumbing?

Put water softeners on bypass to avoid excessive amounts of iron or manganese passing through the media filter to reduce drawing discoloured water into your plumbing. If possible, leave it off during the advertised flushing timeline. 

If you see Water staff on your street flushing a hydrant:

Do not flush toilets or turn on taps.  Ensure water softeners are on bypass to prevent recycling during the process and avoid excessive amounts of iron or manganese through the media filter. Leave off for several hours.

What if you are not home during flushing?

Upon return, check the clarity of your water by running a cold water faucet in the basement or main floor (closest point of entry).

What should I do if I see discoloured water coming out of my faucet?

If you see a reddish, yellow, or brown tint to your tap water, do not be alarmed. It is recommended you do not use the water or do laundry for about two hours. This will give the sediment time to settle. After two hours, run a cold faucet for about five minutes to make sure the water is clear. Do not choose a faucet with a water filter connected to it, as sediment may clog the filter. Do not use a hot water tap as doing so may draw sediment into your hot water tank.  If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check faucet screens for trapped particles.

If the water does not clear after 30 minutes, or if you have reduced pressure or flow, please contact the Water Wastewater Division at 519-856-9596 ext. 122