Sewer Flushing Notice 

Please be advised that Camrose County will begin flushing gravity collection sewer mains within the communities of Kingman, Round Hill and Ohaton beginning the week of April 11, 2023. The flushing process is a preventative maintenance operation that helps to prevent sewer blockages, odour generation and premature wear on mechanical components. The sewer main flushing is to remove grit, sand, gravel and greases from the sewer mains. Camrose County is anticipating  that the project is to be mostly completed by the end of April 2023.

This work will not affect the majority of property owners and should only cause minor disruptions, although there is a possibility that small spills, noise and odours may result in some homes.

Here’s why: the sewer cleaning process uses a high pressure water jet to scour the pipe clean. When the water jet passes through the sewer main, the water pressure draws air through the pipes. The air movement has the ability to push out, or pull in the water and air held inside your plumbing and U-shaped traps and this includes your toilets, showers, sinks and floor drains.

We realize that the equipment can be noisy and may disturb residents. Sometimes this cannot be avoided and we appreciate your patience. We also appreciate your patience as some areas of some streets may be blocked by the equipment for short periods of time.There are preventative measures you can take in your home. For more information read the full article below.

Why is Camrose County cleaning the sewers? 

The cleaning/flushing process is a preventative maintenance operation and it will keep the sewer system operating efficiently by:

• helping prevent blockages and backups• removing built-up debris, such as tree roots, grease, grit and sand

How will Camrose County clean the sewers? 

Camrose County will use a high-pressure nozzle to flush water down the sewer. The dirt and debris are sucked up through a manhole by a large vacuum truck and taken to a disposal site.

How long does it take to clean the sewers on each street? 

It usually takes a few hours to clean each street. However, some sewers can take longer, depending on their size and condition.

Do I need to do anything before you clean/inspect the sewers on my street? 

You certainly can. Occasionally during cleaning and inspection, air movement in the sewer can cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. This is often a result of inadequate venting within the plumbing system of the home. Ensuring your homes plumbing system is in good condition and is up to current codes can reduce the likelihood of this occurring. Take the following precautions to prevent water damage in your home:

• Close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use.• Insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.• Remove all floor mats in bathrooms.• Place an old towel around the base of toilets.• If you have a float plug in your floor drain or a backwater valve installed in your house, ensure that it is free of debris and operating properly.• Wrap the cover of your basement floor drains with thick plastic (i.e., a freezer bag). Place something heavy over the floor drains to keep the plastic-covered floor drain covers in place. Please follow the precautions above for all remaining fixtures (toilets, sinks, and drains).

Will I notice anything after Camrose County has cleaned the sewers on my street? 

Sometimes the sewer cleaning leaves an odour in the home. If so, run some water down the sink and bathtub drains, flush the toilets, pour a pail of water into each basement floor drain, and open the windows. After a short time, the odour should disappear.

Can I use the toilets and my water while you are cleaning and inspecting the sewer on my block? 

Yes. However, be careful as air pressure in the sewer during the cleaning and inspection can sometimes cause water to splash out through toilets, sinks and drains. Remember to close the lids on all toilet bowls when not in use, and insert drain plugs in all sinks and bathtubs when not in use.

Ways you can protect your home against sewer backup. 

The sewer cleaning program is one of the steps that we take to reduce the risk of sewer backup. This is normally done every 2-3 years.  Homeowners should ensure that any work that is done to your plumbing system is done with the appropriate permits issued. This will reduce any risks related to faulty plumbing.

There are steps you can take to protect your home against basement flooding, including: 

• Install a backwater valve and sump pit drainage system with a building permit.• Check and maintain your backwater valve and sump pit drainage system regularly.• Improve surface drainage at ground level away from your house.

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County Reeve - Cindy Trautman
CAO - Paul King

3755 - 43 Avenue
Camrose, AB T4V 3S8

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