Fountains and wading pools
Municipal fountains and wading pools are equipped with timers, which helps save significant amounts of water. If you notice a defective fountain, be sure to call 3-1-1 and report it.
The water in wading pools is changed regularly for hygienic reasons.
From time to time, Gatineau has to flush certain fire hydrants:
- when the line runs into a dead end (e.g. end of a street), it has to be rinsed from time to time to avoid deposits of particles and force the movement of stagnant water that may not have enough chlorine residue to ensure the water's bacteriological quality, and
- during maintenance (e.g. balancing supply systems, checking pressure, equipment maintenance, etc.) There are 6,400 fire hydrants throughout Gatineau, and 3,200 of them are inspected every year.
Whenever possible, the water that is flushed is used to water municipal flowers and gardens.
Drop in water pressure
On occasion, the city has to reduce the water pressure in the watermains to maintain its minimum reserves or to help fill the water reservoirs. Mostly, these operations are conducted at night, but they may occur at other times, depending on how much water residents consume.