Fire hydrant flushing program

The City of Lacombe has contracted Aquatech Services to conduct a City-wide fire hydrant flushing program beginning July 2nd

  • Jun. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The City of Lacombe has contracted Aquatech Services to conduct a City-wide fire hydrant flushing program beginning July 2nd to maintain water quality by removing sediment and minerals from the distribution pipes and to test the hydrants to ensure adequate water flow and pressure is available.

“Technicians will be flushing water from predetermined hydrants, which requires water valves to be closed in order to isolate sections of the water mains and increase flow to the specified hydrant,” said Utilities Manager Chris Huston. “This operation may cause discoloration and a decrease in water pressure for short periods of time for affected homes and businesses; however, the water is still safe to drink.”

People experiencing discoloration are advised to flush the lines by turning on their cold water taps until the water runs clear. Do not use the hot water tap to flush your system. When hot water is used discolored water can enter the hot water tank, which can cause issues due to the higher-than-normal mineral content.

Avoid using your washing machines during this period, as the discolored water can stain clothes. If the water pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for mineral deposits.

The hydrant-flushing program is vital to the maintenance of the municipal water distribution system, and serves the following purposes:

• Enhances water quality by removing sediments from inside the mainline and flushing them out through the hydrant.

• Identifies any malfunctions of the hydrant and related valves.

• Helps to determine weaknesses in the water distribution system.

• Identifies inadequate water volumes and pressures in the main lines.

• Helps to determine fire flows at the hydrant.

Ongoing notifications will be posted on the City’s web site (




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