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 311 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:
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.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.