City’s 2017 Water Main Flushing Program Begins May 15

The City of Fredericton Water & Sewer Utility’s annual water main flushing program will begin on Monday, May 15, 2017 and is expected to continue until August 4.  This work is necessary to remove loose sediments and mineral deposits from the water system and ensure a high quality of drinking water in Fredericton.

This year’s flushing schedule takes in the North Side Low System, which includes Main Street and Union Street, up as far as Maple Street and MacLaren Avenue, Royal Road, Nashwaaksis, Clements Drive, Devon, Barker’s Point, Lower Saint Mary’s, as well as the entire South Side System.

Most of the City’s water main flushing program will be conducted during daylight hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The only exception will be from May 15-18 when flushing will be performed at night in the downtown area so as to not disrupt traffic and pedestrians. The following dates and times apply: 

  • Monday, May 15 – 9 pm to 7 am
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 9 pm to 7 am
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 9 pm to 9 am
  • Thursday, May 18 – 9 pm to 9 am 

Area residents may notice discoloured (turbid) water from their taps during these times and should check their water before doing laundry or preparing food.  The effect is temporary and should clear up quickly.  If problems persist with discoloured water or water pressure, residents are advised to contact Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or

To check where flushing is being done; residents can visit the City of Fredericton’s website at  Weekly schedules will be posted indicating the areas to be flushed during the twelve-week program.

About Fredericton’s Water & Sewer Utility

As per provincial legislation, Fredericton’s water and sewer utility is self-funded, deriving all its revenue from rates charged and government infrastructure grants. It is separate from the City of Fredericton’s general fund budget and property tax system. The utility provides water and sewer services to well over 95% of households and businesses within Fredericton, carrying out various maintenance and renewal efforts to keep the system operating smoothly. The utility is currently focused on replacing aging pipes within the system at an estimated cost of $135 million over the next ten years.