As businesses begin planning to return to normal operations, the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency is advising building managers and owners to flush their buildings’ water systems before reopening.
After a prolonged shutdown, flushing a building’s water system replaces all of the water inside of the building’s piping and water-using devices with fresh water.
Doing so ensures the safety of the building’s water system and maintains good water quality, as stagnant, standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk of the growth and spread of Legionella bacteria and other water-borne illnesses.
Any business, building and school that was closed during the stay-at-home directive should follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides a list of steps to take for a water system before reopening
These eight steps include information on decorative water features, such as fountains, hot tubs and spas, cooling towers and safety equipment.