Sanitary Sewer Flushing and Inspections

Posted on Monday November 20, 2023

Over the next couple of weeks, the Town of Greater Napanee, in coordination with M. Cudd Infrastructure Inc., will be conducting annual flushing and video inspections of sanitary sewer systems between 7:30 am - 6:00 pm in the area highlighted below. Work has begun on the following streets:

James St, Alfred St, Sarah St, Cynthia St, Briggs St, River Rd, Edgewood Dr, Southcrest Dr, Campbell Crs, McCabe St, Carscallen Dr, and Pearl St. 

If you live or work within the highlighted area, and are connected to our sanitary sewer system, you may notice noise and/or small amounts of water bubbling in toilets. We ask that toilet lids are kept down for the next couple weeks in the event of splashing due to the high-pressured flushing. Here's why: The sewer cleaning process uses a high-pressure jet to scour the pipe. When the jet passes by your home's connection to the sewer, it creates a pressure wave. This pressure wave has the ability to push-out, or pull-in the water and air held inside your plumbing and traps, including your toilets, showers, sinks and floor drains. In most cases, nothing happens, but sometimes it does.

As a precaution, or if your house has been affected by this type of work before, we advise you to keep your toilet lids closed during times when they are not being used and flush after every use. To prevent odours, it is advisable to pour 2 litres of water into infrequently used plumbing fixtures to ensure the trap is full, ideally before AND after the work takes place. If water appears to be spilled around your toilet or floor drain, please accept our apologies as we perform this important sewer maintenance work. This water can simply be wiped up - it is just the water that was stored in the trap.

This preventative maintenance keeps our essential sanitary sewer system flowing freely. Thank you for your patience and understanding while this work is being conducted. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this program, please contact Kyle Sinclair, Operations Manager, at 613-776-1040.