Gateway Gazette

Town of High River Water Valve Exercising Program to Begin this Month

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town will begin its water valve exercising program from mid-June through to August 30, 2016. This process is an important maintenance activity in order to ensure reliability of the water distribution system.

This program will be limited to the northwest areas of High River and residents may notice Water Works crews using equipment to systematically locate and exercise (open and close) water valves to ensure that they are functioning properly. The valves are usually located in the front or side of each property.

This process is being completed in order to complete accurate documentation of the total number of valves and their exact locations in the system, ensure valve reliability in emergencies and identify problem valves that will need repair. Exercising valves also helps prevent buildup of rust or other deposits that could prevent a tight shutoff of the valve.

There is a possibility that small particles of sediment may become dislodged during this process causing temporary discolouration of water. Although this discoloured water does not pose a health risk, any residents who may be affected are asked to run all cold water faucets inside the home for 15 minutes, or until the water runs clear.

If the water continues to be discoloured, please contact Town Operations at 403-652-4657.
NOTE: Please do not wash laundry while water is discoloured. Washing clothes especially with chlorine bleach when water is discoloured will stain laundry.

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