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As Vermont considers reopening, commercial facility and even homes, that were vacant or had diminished use for more than 3 weeks should flush their water systems.
Stagnant, or standing water can cause conditions that increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. When water is stagnant, hot water temperatures can decrease to the legionella growth temperature range (77-108°F). Stagnant water can also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectant, such as chlorine. Ensure that your water is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaire’s disease and other diseases associated with water.
This information issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is useful for residential homes and businesses that have had prolonged shutdowns, including seasonal non-use, and mandated pandemic responses.
STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE YOUR BUSINESS OR BUILDING REOPENS
Avoiding Water Leaks from Frozen and Broken Water or Sprinkler Systems
The first major cold spell can result in a broken water or sprinkler pipe, with water damage resulting.
(From VLCT Risk Management Services, Sept-Oct 2020, Fred Satink, Deputy Director, Underwriting and Loss Control)
Please call Jay Nadeau, Champlain Water District Retail Director, at 861-4817 if you have any questions regarding this information.