During the COVID-19 crisis, an increasing number of buildings are becoming vacant or used less frequently. Salisbury-Rowan Utilities brings awareness for customers to flush pipes to prevent water quality degradation.
“As we continue to provide high quality water to our customers, we are now asking for assistance,” said Jim Behmer, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities Director. “If a building is not in use, the water in the pipes becomes stagnant and changes the water quality. Owners of unoccupied buildings should check-in to flush their private plumbing. Flushing pipes will decrease the risk of waterborne bacteria and keep water from being discolored or having an odor or taste when buildings reopen.”
Best practices to ensure your building continues to run smoothly while adapting to little or no occupancy: Flush pipes (flush toilets/run faucets) at least biweekly by turning on faucets for a couple of minutes and flushing toilets. Each building is different and flushing will need to be tailored accordingly. More information can be found about water quality and home maintenance on the City’s website: salisburync.gov/waterquality.