July 25, 2023
Localized fire flow testing will be conducted in the Picton Drinking Water System on Wednesday, July 26. Testing will take place between the hours of 10 am and 12 pm.
- Testing will take place on Fawcett Avenue, 2nd Street and 3rd Street.
- Flow testing and rating is conducted to support fire protection in The County. Fire fighters use the fire hydrant rating results to anticipate the water supply available through a hydrant when they arrive at the scene of a fire.
- To conduct fire hydrant flow testing, certified Drinking Water Operators will be operating select hydrants throughout the distribution system. Detailed information on what to expect when hydrant flushing is taking place in your area is available on The County’s website.
- During hydrant fire flow testing, customers are asked to avoid excessive water use (Example: running tap water for extended periods, using the washing machine and dish washer simultaneously).
- Like with other water distribution system maintenance, fire flow testing can disturb deposits that normally occur in the water pipes of the distribution system. Customers in the immediate area where flow tests are being conducted may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and some discolouration of tap water while testing is being completed. This does not affect the safety or quality of your water.
- If coloured water has been experienced, customers should run the cold water tap closest to the water meter for a few minutes until tap water runs clear. Customers are advised to wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. Using discoloured water in your washing machine could result in stained laundry.
- For more information, contact the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148.
Please note: The County of Prince Edward provides this information as a service to the general public. While we do our best to provide accurate information, hydrant maintenance and associated service disruptions are subject to change based on weather, road, traffic, and other conditions beyond our control.