Utilities Kingston and Kingston Fire & Rescue Begin Annual Hydrant Inspections

Published on: 2024/06/05 - in News

Utilities Kingston, in partnership with Kingston Fire & Rescue, is initiating its annual hydrant inspections. Licensed water distribution operators will inspect the mechanical components, assess the overall condition of each hydrant, and conduct flushing and flow rating.

“The hydrant inspections ensure our firefighters have the water pressure they need to respond to emergencies while also maintaining the quality of Kingston’s drinking water,” said Chris Leeman, Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations at Utilities Kingston.

This year, inspections will cover over 3,600 hydrants, including newly installed ones. Flow rate testing will occur in the following areas:

Zone 4: West of Bayridge Dr, north of Creekford Rd, south of Front Rd, east of Coronation Blvd.

Zone 6: South of Johnson St, north of John Counter Blvd, east of Division St, west of Sir John A MacDonald Blvd, including the Strathcona area and lower downtown.

Residents should expect the following:

  • Reduced water pressure: Temporary pressure drops may occur during inspections due to the redirection of water flow, but they typically restore quickly.
  • Discoloured water: Flushing may stir up sediment, causing temporary discolouration. Residents can clear the water by running the nearest cold tap to the water meter for 5-25 minutes.

Both reduced pressure and discoloured water are normal and temporary consequences of inspections. The water remains safe for consumption. If pressure does not return to normal or discolouration persists, residents are advised to contact Utilities Kingston at 613-546-1181.

Utilities Kingston also employs four summer students as part of the inspection team, providing essential skills and experience and reinforcing the commitment to youth employment in Kingston.

More information about the program

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