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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Flush water lines when reopening businesses

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Why?
Water sits stagnant in your pipes when you don’t use it for an extended time, possibly causing two things to happen:

1. Bacteria may grow.
Our water contains the appropriate, low level of chlorine residual necessary to keep it safe as it travels through our pipes to customers. However, if left sitting for extended periods of time, the chlorine residual can dissipate, especially with warmer spring/summer temperatures. And when there is no chlorine in the water, bacteria has an opportunity to grow.

2. You may have discolored water.
Stagnant water can result in corroded metals dissolving from your plumbing into the water, giving it a brown tint. Also, if your plumbing is older, metals such as lead may have leached to a higher than normal level for your plumbing, and flushing clears those out very quickly.

It’s easy:
Turn on all cold water faucets and let the water run for two minutes or until the water feels colder. The change in temperature means the water from the main in the street has now made it through your plumbing.

The water in our mains is always safe:
Water in our distribution system is constantly moving so it maintains steady chlorine levels and avoids issues caused by stagnation. Flushing your plumbing brings in new, fresh water from our water mains, ensuring that the water coming from your faucet is the highest quality.

It doesn’t waste money or water!
Flushing a typical business or home will likely cost you about five cents (inc. sewer charges) and this water can be collected and used to water plants or for cleaning!

Questions?
We take great pride in ensuring the quality of water delivered to customers is of the highest quality. If you have any questions about the quality of your water, please call us at (843) 727-6800.


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