In keeping with its goal to improve public communication, the PUC is providing the public with notification of all planned PUC activities related to water distribution. This notice is organized in three sections; Infrastructure Renewal, Operational Activities and UDF Activity.
The PUC is committed to the continual improvement of our water distribution system. Part of that commitment involves replacing and revitalizing ageing infrastructure. As a result of the heavy rainfall received this past week many projects were delayed and therefore are continuing next week.
For the week of October 20th – 24th PUC activities are as follows:
The following is a list of active infrastructure renewal projects currently underway:
- London Street Reconstruction (Francis Street to North Street) – New watermain is being installed between Francis and North Street. The new main will undergo a process of swabbing, flushing, pressure testing and disinfection to ensure it is ready to be connected to the existing distribution system.
- Forest Avenue – A large section of the water distribution system in The Crescent and Forest Avenue area is being upgraded. During that process, customers in the area generally bounded by Ontario Avenue to Wellington Street and Pim Street to Upton Road are reminded that there is a possibility they could draw discoloured water.
- March Street -The final section of a new watermain on March Street is being installed. The new main will undergo a process of swabbing, flushing, pressure testing and disinfection to ensure it is ready to be connected to the existing distribution system.
- St. Andrew’s Terrace – A newly installed watermain on St. Andrews Terrace will undergo swabbing, flushing, pressure testing and disinfection to ensure it is ready to be connected to the existing distribution system.
Operational activities for the week are:
- Dovercourt Road -A new watermain is being installed that will connect two existing dead-end mains on Dovercourt.
- Bridge Plaza – A new watermain will be tested and then connected for the new bridge plaza.
- Crimson Ridge Condo Development – A new commercial water service is being installed. This installation will result in a brief service interruption for some residents on Fourth Line. Customers that are directly affected will receive notification prior to the system interruption.
- Cambrian Mall, Great Northern Road – A new commercial water service is being installed at the request of Cambrian Mall.
There is a chance customers in the areas impacted by Infrastructure Renewal or Operational Activities could experience discoloured water. 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.
UNIDIRECTIONAL FLUSHING PROGRAM
PUC water customers are reminded that the Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program is continuing in the west end of the city. Flushing in the east end as far west as Pim Street is finished for the season.
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. 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.
- West End – UDF flushing area for the week of October 20th – 24th will continue in the area generally bounded by North Street to Birch Street and Railroad Avenue.
Customers are reminded that during flushing activity, there is a high probability some customers outside of the flushing area could also experience discoloured water, potentially up to several kilometers away.
The PUC would like to remind all customers that work scheduled for next week is tentative and subject to change due to weather or resource constraints.