Businesses Reminded to Flush Taps while Re-opening Buildings

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020

If your business is included in Phase 2 or 3 of Restart BC, add “flushing your taps” to your re-opening plan.

As we look forward to getting back to old routines, remember that water becomes stagnant in unoccupied buildings and needs to be flushed out. Stagnant water loses the chlorine protection that prevents bacteria growth.

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has created a guide to safely re-opening buildings, which includes great tips for general plumbing maintenance as well as detailed flushing guidelines. The guide recommends flushing toilets and running all taps until the water runs cold, starting where the water enters the building and moving to the furthest tap.

It is the responsibility of each property owner to protect their building’s occupants, but your utility is here to help with advice. For more information, read the CWWA’s Fact Sheet.