Unidirectional Water Main Flushing Program Begins September 7

Craig HemingwayDesignated Heritage Properties, Home Page News, Press Releases

August 31, 2022

MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw advises that the Unidirectional Water Main Flushing Program will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2022.  

Where and when will flushing take place? 

Flushing will occur in Zone 2 this year, with the majority of flushing taking place between 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday to Saturday. (Hours may be adjusted due to operational priorities). To view the interactive water main flushing map that shows scheduled and completed areas, click here. This work is anticipated to be completed by September 30, 2022.

Why is the program necessary?

Over time, water mains corrode from the inside as well as the outside, and reduce the inside diameter.  The flushing program will remove the most recent mineral deposits, improving the water quality as well as the hydraulic carrying capacity of the pipe.

The benefit of this program is that it removes any sedimentation from the water mains, improves water quality, and has the potential to reduce our water distribution pumping costs.

How does this affect my household/business?

Residents are asked to refrain from using water while crews are flushing in their area, as the water may have a brown or rusty appearance.  The water may become discolored in your area but shouldn’t last for more than a day once the flushing is complete in the area.  Residents may want to store water ahead of time for potable use.

Opening the cold water taps one at a time for about 30-60 seconds can help clear water that is cloudy or contains sediment.  If after 30-60 seconds the water remains cloudy or still contains sediment, repeat the process until the water is clear.

The City of Moose Jaw thanks Moose Jaw residents in advance for your cooperation and patience during this work. Drivers are reminded to watch for work crews adjacent to the roadway and continuous flowing water. Please exercise caution when passing these work zones for the safety of everyone.