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Fire hydrant testing in Barriere starts Sept. 5

The District of Barriere is advising they will be conducting fire hydrant testing on all hydrants within the fire system starting Monday, Sept. 5, through Friday, Sept. 9, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This work is necessary to verify that all hydrants are operational and can provide enough water flow for fire suppression,” stated District of Barriere Public Works Manager Chris Matthews.

Matthews advises a result of this testing, residents may encounter some discoloration, rust, or sedimentation and/or experience fluctuation in pressure.

“Rest assured the water has been properly disinfected and is safe for consumption,” said Matthews, “However, it is advised to refrain from using both hot and cold water during these times to avoid pulling the discoloration, rust, or sediment into your house, laundry, fixtures, and appliances. You may wish to keep some drinking water on-hand to utilize during the flushing operation.”

Matthews adds if water users notice discoloration, wait until the operation is completed (after testing hours) and then run your cold water starting from the first tap in your plumbing system, with the aerator removed, until the discoloration clears which should take about 15 to 20 minutes. If the discoloration continues, wait a little longer to allow settling of the rust/sediment, and then run your taps again. Checking your water prior to doing laundry is highly advised.

Residents with a weakened immune system or weakened digestive system should reference HealthLinkBC for more information.

Residents with inquiries or concerns are asked to contact the District office at 250-672-9751.

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