Around Canal Winchester

Paws in the Park
Bring your dogs to Canal Winchester’s Paws in the Park, which will be held Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stradley Park in  downtown Canal Winchester. The event features music, raffles, food, and vendors. Register your dog for free dog competitions. Dog competitions begin at 10 a.m. and include best trick, owner look-alike and best dressed categories as well as an obstacle course and the Mutt Tin Game. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Canal Winchester Lions Club. All proceeds go to the Pilot Dogs program that trains and provides dogs to the visually impaired. For information visit www.canalwinchesterlions.org.

Walnut Creek tire sweep
The city of Canal Winchester Storm Water Department will hold its ninth annual tire sweep and creek clean-up along Walnut Creek from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 1. City staff will work with volunteers to remove tires in the Walnut Creek basin from Winchester Trail Elementary to Richardson Road, including the Walnut Woods Metro Park.

The event is coordinated through the city of Canal Winchester Storm Water Department and Metro Parks. Metro Parks has agreed to dispose of the tires collected by volunteers.

Volunteers meet at the Metro Parks office, 6723 Lithopolis Road, at 8 a.m.  Others may park at Winchester Trail Elementary on Gender Road or Walnut Creek Park at the end of Parkview Drive and walk along the creek toward the Metro Park. Small watercraft are welcome and handy to move tires downstream to the Metro Park.

For information, contact Mindi McConnell, Metro Parks manager at (614) 836-2683, or Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller at (614) 834-5110, dmiller@canalwinchesterohio.gov.

CW water quality
The city of Canal Winchester’s water department is committed to providing safe drinking water for our residents.

The city works to perform projects such as hydrant flushing, consumer drinking water testing, water line replacement, and treatment optimizations to ensure we’re maintaining and improving water quality.

This year the city performed Ohio EPA required lead sampling on drinking water at 20 unique sites throughout the community. Results were reviewed and all 20 sites tested indicated concentrations below the U.S. EPA action level of 15ug/l (micrograms per liter); with 18 of the samples testing below detectible limits.

When replacing your faucets make sure to purchase only fixtures that are certified lead free. This will be indicated by the certified lead-free seal.

For information, call Water Plant Superintendent Joe Taylor at (614) 837-5623.

CW hydrant flushing
Canal Winchester’s Division of Water opens fire hydrants around the community twice a year during its fire hydrant flushing schedule.

Hydrant flushing allows water to flow through pipes, enhancing water quality by clearing sediment from mainline pipes. Flushing verifies proper operation of hydrants and valves and maintains firefighting capabilities. The next fire hydrant flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, from Sept.19 to Oct.7.

The water department offers tips for residents when crews are flushing hydrants in your area:

•If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, washing machines or dishwashers until flushing in your area is complete.

•If you see hydrant flushing crews working, drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.

During or immediately following hydrant flushing, tap water may appear discolored. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health threat.  Should you notice discoloration or other side effects from hydrant flushing, the water department suggests:

•If you encounter discolored water, shut your water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes to allow new water to flow into your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few minutes and check again. In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water is completely clear.

•Avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing hours. After hydrants in your area are flushed, wait until water runs clear from your tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry before doing lights or whites.

•If water pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

For information contact Canal Winchester’s Division of Water at (614) 837-5623.

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