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Guidance for Reopening Buildings for Occupancy

May 11, 2020

As businesses prepare to reopen facilities following the COVID-19 lockdowns, we want to remind you of the importance of flushing your building’s plumbing to restore adequate on-site water quality.

If your building has been closed for an extended period or water usage has decreased due to lower occupancy, we encourage you to properly flush the building before returning to service. Taste, odor, and other water quality issues can arise from stagnant water in building systems that have been dormant for an extended period.

We recommend reviewing the most current guidance provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and American Water Works Association (AWWA) by visiting the following links:

EPA 3T’s Flushing Best Practices: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-09/documents/flushing_best_practices_factsheet_508.pdf

CDC Guidance for Building Water Systems: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

AWWA Shutoffs & Return to Work Guidance: https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus#lt-10681543-shutoffs-and-return-to-service-guidance

We hope you find this information helpful and invite you to contact us at (843) 884-9626 if you have any questions.

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