City's water main flushing program begins Monday

The City of Fredericton's annual water main flushing program will begin on Monday May 20 and will continue until the week of August 5.

The city says the work is necessary to remove loose sediments and mineral deposits from the water system and ensure a high quality of drinking water in Fredericton.

According to a press release issued yesterday, this year's flushing schedule takes in the North Side Low System, which includes Main Street and Union Street, up as far as Maple Street and MacLarenAvenue, Royal Road, Nashwaaksis, Clements Drive, Devon, Barker's Point, Lower Saint Mary's as well as the entire South Side System.

The city says most of the work will be conducted during daylight hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception being the period from May 20-23 when flushing will occur at night in the downtown area.

The schedule for night flushing downtown is as follows:
- Monday May 20, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Tuesday May 21, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Wednesday May 22, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
- Thursday May 22, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.

In the press release, the city says area residents may notice discoloured (turbid) water from their taps during these times and should check their water before doing laundry or preparing food.

The discoloured water should only be temporary, however if it does not clear quickly, residents should contact Service Fredericton.

Residents can view the water flushing schedule here.