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Re-Opening businesses: Rusty/Brown Water Tips
May 11, 2020

Many businesses are closed due to COVID-19, which resulted in minimum water usage.

As a precaution before the first water usage, when reoccupying your premise, it is recommended you flush all water lines inside your premise by running all cold water faucets fully open for 10 minutes. This will ensure fresh water replaces the water that has been sitting in your plumbing throughout your premise.

Please be advised not to use hot water until this initial flushing is completed. MLGW recommends the following actions:

  • Flush cold water through all points of use (e.g., showers, sink faucets) for 10 minutes. If multiple floors exist, flush on each floor.
     
  • Flushing may need to occur in segments (e.g., floors or individual rooms) due to facility size and water pressure.


The purpose of building flushing is to replace all water inside building piping with fresh water.
 

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