As businesses affected by the pandemic begin to reopen, NPU wants to remind our commercial customers who were closed for that past several weeks that water inside your building’s plumbing has likely become stagnant during this time. This water can become unsafe to drink or otherwise use for domestic or commercial purposes.
It is critically important that the stagnant water and any associated buildup in the plumbing and storage tanks for your business be thoroughly flushed and replaced with fresh water and the plumbing exposed to the fully disinfected water for a suitable period of time.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that building owners and managers take proactive steps to protect public health by minimizing water stagnation during closures and to address building water quality prior to reopening.
For more information about the health risks of stagnant water and guidance on restoring your water to ensure it’s safe for use, please see the attached Return to Service Guidance published by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.