Callander hydrant flushing may discolour drinking water

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Callander’s operations department is teaming up with the Ontario Clean Water Agency to flush the entire drinking water distribution system within the municipality.

Work begins today and carries on until Friday, September 10, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During this process, the municipality warns that some residents may encounter discoloured water. Rust or sedimentation may also be visible in water throughout the week.

Water pressure may also fluctuate, and the town assures citizens that the “water has been properly disinfected and is safe for consumption.”

However, the town also explained in a release that “it is advised to refrain from using both hot and cold water during these times to avoid pulling the discolouration, rust or sediment into your house, laundry, fixtures and appliances.”

Furthermore, “you may wish to keep some drinking water on-hand to utilize during the flushing operation.”

For those who notice discoloured water, “wait until the operation is completed and then run your cold water starting from the first tap in your plumbing system, with the aerator removed.”

After 15-20 minutes, the water should return to running clear. If it continues, “wait a little longer to allow settling of the rust and sediment, then run your taps again.

The municipality “apologizes for any inconvenience” and suggests calling Callander operation department if there are any questions or concerns at 705-752-1410 at extension 300.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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