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Posted on: May 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Ensure plumbing system safety after lengthy shutdowns

Building plumbing

Water provided by Sweetwater Authority continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards – but once the water leaves our distribution system and enters private service connections, the water quality can deteriorate if water becomes stagnant.

Most commercial and industrial buildings have been partially occupied even during the COVID-19 shutdown. However, special care should be taken with plumbing systems in buildings that have been vacant or have had low water use for extended periods to ensure water quality and safety.

Bacteria can flourish in building pipes, fixtures and associated equipment (like fountains, cooling towers and HVAC systems) that aren’t used for several days.

Serious health problems can result from bacteria, but prudent action can avoid complications. Learn more about building plumbing safety from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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