Hydrant Flow Testing
The City of Welland Water Department will be conducting a Hydrant Flow Testing Program of hydrants at various locations located throughout the City of Welland. The program will begin the week of November 25, and will continue until early December. The City plans to begin the flushing at 7:00 AM and continue working until about 3:30 PM.
What is Hydrant Flow Testing
Hydrant Flow Testing is a process to test the amount of flow and pressure from fire hydrants. It is used to gauge the overall ability of the water distribution system to provide required flows and pressures for firefighting, and residential use. Results of this testing will be used to plan for future repair, and replacements of the water distribution system.
How will I be affected?
In most cases, customers will not notice any changes to their water delivery during the flow testing process. In some cases however, homes may experience a temporary slight drop in water pressure and / or discoloured water. Customers should not experience an interruption in water service during the testing process.
What if my water is discoloured?
Due to varying velocities and flow rates in the water system, our customers may experience a slight discolouration in their water, which at times is unavoidable. Under most circumstances, you can run your faucets for a short time after the flushing is completed and the water should clear at your residence. The discoloured water does not pose a health hazard, however, iron (red water) and manganese (black water) may be stirred up within the water system during the flushing procedures. If the discoloured water does not clear up after running your tap for a few minutes or creates staining on the porcelain and laundry, please call the Public Works Department at 905-735-1700 ext. 3000 for additional assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
For further Information, please contact:
Public Work at 905-735-1700 ext. 3000