Town-wide water main flushing will start at the end of August. This is done on an annual basis in order to maintain water quality by removing sediment and minerals from the water distribution pipes. It also provides testing of the water hydrants, so that adequate water flow and pressure is available when it is required to fight fires.
The water that is flushed through the fire hydrants will be de-chlorinated and will then be drained onto the roadway where it will enter the storm sewer system through the catch basins. Each hydrant will be flushed for approximately 30 minutes. The water that is initially released from the hydrant may have a red hue, which is caused by it being stored for a lengthy period of time in the base of the hydrant.
Community members may notice that the water coming from their taps has a cloudy appearance when the water main flushing is taking place nearby. This is not a health concern and it can be rectified easily by running the cold water taps for 10 to 20 minutes.
If you have questions about this process, please contact Phil Hoyle, Public Works Manager, at 403.396.9883.
2015 Business of the Year Awards
The Town of Blackfalds Economic Development & Tourism Board and the Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce proudly present the annual Business of the Year Awards.
The Business Awards Presentation will take place on Friday, October 23 at the Blackfalds Community Hall, 4810 Womacks Rd, starting at 7 pm. The public is invited to come celebrate the award winning businesses, all those who were deservingly nominated and those that will be recognized for their contributions to community recreational groups.
To nominate a worthy local business and to see the full details of the 2015 Business of the Year Awards, complete the online Nomination Form here or fill one out at one of the many businesses in Town that have them available.
Traffic is now going through the 2-lane roundabout at Highways 2A and 597. Construction zone speed controls of 50 kmph and restricted lanes will remain in effect until crews remove the remaining detour infrastructure. Please obey the construction signage and flag persons at all times.
A modern roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that reduces traffic congestion while maximizing safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. With slower speeds and fewer points of impact, modern roundabouts have been proven to:
» Reduce serious and fatal collisions for all users by up to 80 per cent
» Improve traffic flow because drivers yield rather than stop at a red light
Driving in a Roundabout
Roundabouts are new for many drivers, but following these basic steps will help you safely navigate roundabouts as a motorist or cyclist:
1. As you approach the roundabout, slow down and watch for signs to help you select which lane to be in, based on whether you’re turning right, left or going straight through.
2. Choose your lane and signal, just as you would at a regular intersection.
3. Yield to pedestrians in the entry crosswalk.
4. Look to the left, yield to all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists in the roundabout, and enter when it is safe to do so.
5. Stay in your lane to your exit.
6. Signal right, exit the roundabout and yield to pedestrians in the exit crosswalk.
Please visit Alberta Transportation's roundabout page for more information and resources on roundabouts in Alberta.
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