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BWL Guidance on Reopening Businesses

The Lansing Board of Water & Light, along with the American Water Works Association, have recommendations to safely reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.

As businesses slowly return to a very new normal, the Lansing Board of Water & Light, along with the American Water Works Association, have recommendations to safely reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those guidelines: Flush your building’s internal water lines. Using the water regularly maintains a level of water quality within a building’s plumbing. With businesses shuttered for several weeks, the stagnant water built up could cause bacteria to grow.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Two potential microbial hazards that should be considered prior to reopening after a period of building inactivity are mold and Legionella, which causes Legionnaires disease. The CDC offers further guidelines on its website.

Stagnant water could also show up as discolored water and have taste and odor issues, as well as higher concentrations of lead and copper.

A cold-water flush should be done at each fixture inside the building for a recommended minimum of 20 minutes.

“Our water has continued to meet or exceed state and federal guidelines during COVID-19, and we continue to monitor and test it daily at multiple points throughout our system,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “Our water remains safe for all customers, but we encourage businesses to take these additional steps once the governor has identified it’s safe for businesses to reopen.”

For additional information on the BWL’s water and water quality, visit lbwl.com/water.

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