City’s water main flushing program begins May 25

The City of Fredericton’s annual water main flushing program begins on Monday, May 25, and is expected to continue until the week of July 27.

Water main flushing removes loose sediment and mineral deposits from the water distribution system. It is a cost-effective preventative maintenance measure, and part of the process to ensure continued high-quality drinking water in Fredericton. It also helps identify areas of the water distribution system that might need repairs and upgrades.

This year’s flushing includes a portion of the Southside (low system) and the entire Northside system.

Most flushing occurs during daylight hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for the downtown core where flushing happens at night, so traffic and pedestrians are not inconvenienced. The following dates and times only apply to the downtown core, after that the regular daylight hours occur: 

  • May 25 & 26: 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • May 27 & 28: 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

To check the weekly water main flushing schedule and locations visit

Water flushing may produce discoloured (turbid) water, and residents should check for clear running water from their taps before doing laundry or preparing food. The effect is temporary and should clear up quickly. If the issue persists, contact Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or

About our Water & Sewer Utility

Our Water Utility has provided customers with safe, clean water for 137 years, and environmentally sound wastewater treatment since 1969. The Utility also provides maintenance and renewal efforts for the system to operate smoothly.

As per provincial legislation, the 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.