Water pressure and colour could be impacted during tower maintenance

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Submitted by Town of Smiths Falls

Landmark Municipal Services will be performing maintenance repairs on the water tower, starting on Monday, Aug. 14. The scope of work will require a planned shutdown of the water tower for a period of
approximately one week starting today.

During this timeframe, the town’s water distribution system will be fed directly by the high lift pumps at the Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Throughout this timeframe, residents may experience (occasional) minor loss of water
pressure, or observe discoloured water from their taps.

As a precaution, town staff will be performing continual system testing to ensure water quality. Here is more information to help residents understand the issues of pressure changes and discolouration.

System pressure issues

The tower will be drained as part of the project. The water tower normally acts to balance water system pressures; during the project, it is necessary to run the system directly off our high lift pumps.

While every attempt will be made to stabilize system pressures, there will be occurrences of both high and low system pressure throughout the town. Should residents experience significantly low (or high) water pressure, contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at 613-283-9880.

Discoloured Water

Discolouration of tap water is an anticipated effect. This will most likely occur due to
fluctuating system pressures during the project. These pressure changes may increase
the potential for release of fine sediment particles present in all municipal water mains;
these particles pose no risk to public health, and can usually be cleared by running your
taps for a few minutes prior to use.

Should this discolouration continue for more than 24 hours, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at 613-283-9880.

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