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September 18, 2018
Notice of water main flushing


Oxford County Public Works flushes all water mains in our systems twice annually (spring and fall) to remove any sediment or minerals (such as iron) that may have accumulated on the walls of the pipes, thereby improving the aesthetic quality of the water. The groundwater we use as a drinking water source has relatively high levels of minerals, which can settle in the water mains. While not a health hazard, if these minerals are not removed they can cause discoloured water and, overtime, can reduce the carrying capacity and effectiveness of the water mains.

When water mains are flushed customers may experience discoloured water or sediment in the areas being flushed.

If you avoid water use during the flushing, it will help prevent dirty water being drawn into the household lines. The iron in the water is an aesthetic problem and is not a health concern.

If you get discoloured water, an outside tap or a laundry faucet not connected to a water softener or filter should be turned on after the work is completed, in order to flush the household lines. Please allow sufficient time for the water to clear.

If you continue to have problems with the water please notify the Oxford County Public Works Department by calling 1-866-537-7778. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the flushing program.

The water system will be flushed during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the dates listed below. Water main flushing in Ingersoll will be continuous (24 hours/day).

Beachville October 18
Bright October 11
Brownsville October 9
Drumbo October 22 - October 26
Embro October 12
Hickson October 19
Ingersoll September 25 - October 5
Innerkip October 24 - October 26
Mt. Elgin October 10
Norwich October 15 - October 19
Plattsville October 9 - October 12
Princeton October 22 - October 26
Sweaburg October 29
Tavistock October 21 - October 26

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