PUC Update on Unidirectional Flushing


As a result of the Boil Water Advisory this week the Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program in the east end of the city was suspended pending the lifting of the Advisory. In the event the Boil Water Advisory is lifted this weekend PUC water customers are advised that flushing in the east end will resume on Monday in the area noted below. However should the Boil Water Advisory remain in effect, the UDF program (for the east end only) will remain suspended until such time as the advisory is lifted.

Customers are encouraged to visit the PUC website at www.ssmpuc.com for regular updates and to see a map(s) of the flushing area.

West end flushing for the week of July 21st to July 25th continues in the area generally bounded by Carmen’s Way to lower North Street and Second Line East to St. Andrew’s Terrace.

East end flushing area for the week of July 21st to July 25th (if it resumes) will be in the area generally bounded by Boundary Road to Gibbs Street and Chambers Avenue to Trunk Road.

During flushing activities, there is a high probability some customers outside of the flushing area could also experience discoloured water, potentially up to several kilometers away.

This is due to the fact that any time there is a major change in the rate or direction of flow of water in the distribution system, sediment in the watermains can be disturbed and carried along with the water.

The UDF Program is performed in order to remove sediment from within the city’s watermains and is a recognized industry best practice for improving water quality.
PUC Services apologizes for this inconvenience.