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Resuming Operations or Re-opening Your Business? – Guidance for Water Quality within Buildings after a Prolonged Shutdown
Moorhead Public Service’s (MPS’) water distribution system is safe and continues to be monitored and tested on a regular basis.
As facilities re-open after an extended shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, business owners should conduct premise plumbing evaluations for water quality prior to re-opening. If your business or building experienced a prolonged shutdown or lack of normal water use, MPS stresses the importance of following the Guidance for Building Water Systems that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided on their website. The CDC guidelines describe the importance of premise flushing of both hot and cold water through all points of use, refreshing the water within each building and preventing potential pathogenic growth in stagnant water. The guidelines also include steps to ensure hot water heaters are set to the correct temperatures. While water quality throughout MPS’ distribution system is tested and monitored by dedicated MPS staff, water within a building’s premise plumbing is the responsibility of the building owner. For more information about your responsibility as a business owner, please see the list of frequently asked questions on our website.
Moorhead Public Service, 218.477.8000