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Water Resources Encourages Flushing of Plumbing in Underused Buildings

Post Date:05/08/2020 8:30 AM

Water Resources encourages building owners, property managers, and homeowners to flush the water inside any property after a prolonged shutdown or in a vacancy situation during NC's stay-at-home order. This prevents water stagnation, which can lead to taste and odor issues, and ensures water is safe before normal use resumes.

Water Resources also recommends running cold water for an extended period in vacant buildings and conducting another thorough flush before occupants return to the building. A thorough flush includes running water for 10-30 minutes through all fixtures (e.g. hose bibs, faucets, shower heads, toilets, washing machines, appliances, etc.) and removing aerators when possible. 

Additionally, Water Resources recommends building owners, property managers, and homeowners review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Water Works Association guidelines and information about returning facility and building water systems to service after a prolonged shutdown, including information for specific businesses and vulnerable populations. 

If you have questions or concerns about your water due to the coronavirus pandemic or any other time, call the City’s Contact Center at 336-373-2489.

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