Livermore businesses that have been closed during the shelter in place order are urged to flush their building’s water lines before reopening. Flushing the plumbing system before reopening is critical because when water remains stagnant in pipes for too long, it can become cloudy, have an unpleasant taste or odor, or even become unsafe to drink. Flushing the water lines will replace all the water inside of the building’s pipes with fresh water.
Here are the basic steps for how to flush water lines:
The steps above are meant to be a starting point for ensuring quality drinking water. Since every building is different, all Livermore business owners and property managers are encouraged to read the following guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) to make sure all stagnant water has been removed from their building:
If you have any questions about how to ensure your business’s water quality, please do not hesitate to contact your water service provider - either Livermore Municipal Water at (925) 960-8100 or Cal Water at (925) 447-4900.
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