Kristen Zimmer, Conservation Coordinator, 509.625.6573
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:42 a.m.
Our community is excited to start to reopen and resume some activities as usual! Reestablishing some state of normalcy will be absolutely refreshing.
Speaking of refreshing, if your workplace has been empty for some time you’ll want to refresh your water and move the old, stagnant water out. As Spokane County prepares to reopen in stages, the Spokane Water Department is asking businesses to flush their internal plumbing systems prior to reopening to ensure a fresh water supply.
If your building has been mostly vacant for several weeks or longer, the water in your internal plumbing is stale from sitting idle. Unused water that has been sitting in pipes for extended periods may appear cloudy or have an unpleasant taste or odor. Depending on the building and its plumbing, Legionella and other hazards could also pose a health risk.
The Water Department recommends flushing water through your fixtures to “turn over” the unused water and flow fresh water from the water main through your building’s plumbing. Flushing is easy, just follow the steps below.
WHAT TO DO:
Providing our community with safe, reliable water is our highest priority, and we’re constantly monitoring and testing our water quality throughout the distribution system
We recommend flushing your building’s plumbing to ensure you are receiving fresh water straight from the water main, and avoid using stale water that has been sitting unused for extended periods of time. If you’ve flushed the water in your building and still have concerns about water quality, call the Water Department at 509-625-7800 with any questions.