Frequently Asked Questions - Hydrant Flow Testing and Maintenance Checks

HYDRANT FLOW TESTING &
MAINTENANCE CHECKS

Old Town (Excluding Queen Street)

BACKGROUND

Fire hydrants are owned and regularly maintained by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's Operations Department, Water/Wastewater Section. Hydrants are connected to watermains allowing our Firefighters to access the water supply in emergencies. The Town's Water & Wastewater Section currently maintains 1366 hydrants.

Regular hydrant testing and maintenance are required to ensure hydrants can provide water at an acceptable pressure and flow rate for firefighting operations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is happening with the hydrants in Old Town?
How long will this work take?
Who is completing this work?
Why is this work needed?
What can I expect to see when a hydrant is being tested?
I live/work in Old Town. Will this impact water at my home or business in any way?
Is it safe to drink or use water showing discoloration?
Who should I contact if I have further questions regarding this?

 

What is happening with the hydrants in Old Town?

Workers are conducting flow testing and maintenance checks on hydrants in the Old Town (excluding Queen Street).

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How long will this work take?

The hydrant flow testing and maintenance checks are slated to begin Monday, July 26, 2021, and continue until Friday, July 30, 2021.

 

Who is completing this work?

Jackson Water Works is conducting the hydrant flow testing and maintenance checks.

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Why is this work needed?

Regular hydrant testing and maintenance checking ensure their ability to provide water at an acceptable pressure and flow rate for firefighting operations.

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What can I expect to see when a hydrant is being tested?

The public can expect to see water flowing from the hydrants during the testing. Pooling and wet areas on the road are typical and should be expected during and after the testing.

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I live/work in Old Town. Will this impact water at my home or business in any way?

The impact on residents and businesses should be very minimal, with minor discoloration possible due to more water being moved than usual.

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Is it safe to drink or use water showing discoloration?

Yes. It is safe to drink and use water showing minor discoloration. Should residents or business owners have concerns regarding the discoloration of their water, they are welcome to contact the Town at 905-468-3266 or info@notl.com for additional follow-up.

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Who should I contact if I have further questions regarding this?

Additional questions regarding the hydrant flow testing and maintenance checks can be directed to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake at 905-468-3266 or info@notl.com.

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