As part of continued preparation for the planned rehabilitation of the Gordon water tower, the City’s largest water tower, staff from the Utilities Department has been installing pressure relief valves on a number fire hydrants throughout the community.
These valves will help to relieve increased pressure within the water distribution system when the Gordon tower is taken out of service this fall for much needed cleaning, painting and general rehabilitation.
These pressure relief valves serve a different purpose from the more noticeable automatic flushing devices that are already on approximately 10 hydrants in the community. The automatic flushing devices are scheduled to regularly flush a certain amount of water at that point in the distribution system. These devices play a role in maintaining water quality.
The pressure relief valves are not as noticeable as the automatic flushing devices. However, residents may see occasional bursts of water spray as the devices relieve pressure spikes within the water distribution system.