Spring - Water Flushing Program

Apr 08 - Jun 15 2019


The Town of Smithers Works and Operations Department will be conducting the annual Water Main Flushing Program beginning Monday, May 13, 2019 until approximately Friday, June 7, 2019.

Two weeks prior to the annual Water Main Flushing Program beginning, chlorine will be added to the system in controlled quantities, to offset iron, bacteria, silts and other substances that have settled out of the water and have become lodged in the distribution system. Users will probably be able to detect the taste or odour of this chlorine until approximately June 14, 2019.

The quantity of chlorine injected into the system will not be allowed to exceed two milligrams per litre and will not be injurious to your health. This is a normal chlorination dosage in many communities. Anyone finding this taste or odour objectionable will be able to quickly dissipate it by allowing a container of water to stand with the surface uncovered for a short time, or by boiling the water for a couple of minutes.

If, during the course of the Water Main Flushing Program, the water from your taps becomes coloured or dirty, please run taps continuously for a period of time, and you will find that the problem will clear up. Should that action not correct any problem with taste, colour or odour, feel free to contact Dale Chartrand, Chief Utilities Operator, at 250-847-1649.

Also, by running your taps prior to laundry washing and avoiding the use of chlorine bleach in your laundry during the course of the flushing program, you will minimize the possibility of laundry staining caused by Manganese.

The Town would like to thank water users for their patience and co-operation during the Water Main Flushing Program. Our aim is to provide the community with the best quality of water possible.

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