Every year, Gatineau inspects its fire hydrants. The work involves purging the system to eliminate any accumulated residue and ensure good and solid water flow. This is an essential step in fire safety operations.
In total, the work takes about 12 weeks. We ask that drivers slow down as they approach the work zones. Some of the work is done at night.
Gatineau alternates the sectors every year so that some of the 7,000 fire hydrants throughout the territory get inspected every two years.
Whenever possible, the water released from the hydrants is recovered and used to water municipal flowers and gardens.
You can follow the progress of the work on the map below.
The red zones are where the work is currently underway. If you live near one of those zones, the work may affect you.
The zones outlined in black are where the work will be done in the coming week. This map is updated daily while the work is underway.
You can sign up for the notification system to receive information when your home is located in the work zone.
There may be a slight drop in pressure in your taps, or the water may run slightly yellow, red or brown.
If that happens, open the cold water tap and let the water run until it comes out clear. This water is safe to drink. For faster results, it is recommended that you use the bathtub tap.
If the situation is not corrected within an hour, submit a request to 311.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 290,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.