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Annual water main flush may cause discolouration, low water pressure in West Shore, CRD says

A map of the fall fushing area for Colwood and Langford that is expected to begin on Oct. 3, 2023. VIA CAPITAL REGIONAL DISTRICT

Starting Tuesday, Langford and Colwood residents can expect occasional low water pressures and discoloured water the Capital Regional District conducts its annual water main flush in West Shore communities.

Most homes and businesses in Langford north of the Trans-Canada Highway and east of Veterans Memorial Parkway will be affected. Affected neighbourhoods in Colwood include Colwood Creek, Triangle Mountain, Wishart, and portions of Royal Bay.

The CRD said on its website that water users may experience low water pressure and discoloured water for short periods while the flushing occurs. The discolouration is temporary and can be flushed out by opening the cold water taps until water runs clear, it said.

The CRD is responsible for pumping water out of the Sooke Lake Reservoir and preparing it for commercial and residential use for in the capital region. While most municipalities are responsible for keeping their pipes clean, the CRD conducts annual water main flushing for Sooke, East Sooke, Colwood, View Royal, Metchosin and Langford.

Unidirectional water main flushing — which is accomplished by the strategic manipulation of fire hydrants and valves to force water through the water system at high speeds — improves water quality, system hydraulic capacity, remove chlorine residuals, and increases the overall lifetime of the water system, the CRD said.

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