Hydrant maintenance activities happening now until Saturday in various Port Colborne areas

Posted by Corporate Communications on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020


Starting today, October 21, until Saturday, October 24, the City’s Utilities department will be completing hydrant maintenance activities, including flow testing and flushing, to ensure adequate water flow for firefighting activities, fire sprinkler systems, and residents and businesses. The following areas listed below will be impacted:


  • • Barrick Road area and HWY 58 to Elm Street
  • • The Island
  • • King Street
  • • Helen Street
  • • Woodside Drive
  • • Franklin Avenue
  • • Elm Street
  • • Brady Street
  • • Omer Avenue
  • • Oak Street
  • • Wallace Avenue
  • • Highland Avenue
  • • Knoll Street


The goal is to clear any iron and mineral deposits from watermains to help maintain the City’s water clarity and quality, and to provide important fire flow data that can influence development opportunities and insurance rates for our residents and businesses.

Residents in these areas may notice their water is temporarily rusty in colour because the iron and mineral deposits in the water are stirred up. The water is safe to use and consume during hydrant maintenance, however, it may stain laundry.

Residents are encouraged to limit their water use and wait until hydrant maintenance activities have finished in their area. Once maintenance is finished, they can run the cold water tap in the lowest level of their home (i.e. laundry tub in the basement, bathtub) until the water runs clear. This may take 10-15 minutes and will likely use less than 1m3 (or 1,000 liters) of water.

Questions? Call the Engineering and Operations Centre at 905-835-5079.


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