Some Picton residents may experience discoloured tap water this month. Here’s why.

The County’s watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance program and fire flow testing program will begin on Monday, September 18 in the Picton drinking water system. Flushing will take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The County reports that water mains will be flushed, hydrants will be serviced and fire flow tested throughout the area’s drinking water systems in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 730/81).

The watermain flushing and hydrant maintenance program in Picton will take place Sept. 18 – 22 on Picton Main Street and all streets North from Talbot Street to Johnson Street.

The Picton Municipal Drinking Water System area map. – Photo via Prince Edward County

Detailed information on what to expect when flushing is taking place in your area is available on the County website. To receive updates on where hydrant flushing is taking place, follow The County on Twitter and on Facebook.


While flushing is taking place, customers are asked to avoid excessive water use (Example: running tap water for extended periods, using the washing machine and dish washer simultaneously).


Customers in the immediate areas may experience intermittent pressure fluctuations and some discolouration of tap water while flushing is being completed. This does not affect the safety or quality of your water. If coloured water has been experienced, customers should run the cold water tap closest to the water meter for a few minutes until tap water runs clear. Customers are advised to wait until the water runs clear at the tap before doing laundry or running the dishwasher. Using discoloured water in your washing machine could result in stained laundry.


Customers are asked not to approach water operations staff in the field conducting hydrant flushing and to respect physical/social distancing provisions maintaining a minimum distance of 6.5 feet or 2 metres if passing by.


For more information, contact the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148.

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