Show/Hide

CORONAVIRUS

Visit our coronavirus page to stay up-to-date on the latest information and resources. Safer at Home Orders are in effect. All City programs and events are cancelled through May 31. See current closure details.

 

Rogers-Grove_interior1-new


Find Us On Facebook

News From the City of Longmont

Citywide News

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

We have a wide variety of news items and they are displayed below initially by the most recent date first, but if you prefer, you can sort them by Category and/or Departments.

Subscribe: To receive an email of news items that we send out to our subscribers, sign-up for our News eNotifications and choose the news categories that you are interested in receiving.

Archived News: News that was published three (3) months or longer will appear in the Archived News area. The link is directly below the drop-down menus.

Guidelines for Protecting Water Quality When Reopening Businesses

Post Date:05/05/2020 4:00 PM

When buildings are unoccupied for extended periods of time and water is not being regularly used, the water can sit and become stagnant. When this happens, such as during business shutdowns related to COVID-19, water quality may degrade over time.

The City of Longmont is sharing these guidelines for businesses on how to clear or flush the water in their internal water systems before reoccupying a building. The goal is to replace stagnant water in the building’s water system with fresh, high-quality water from the City’s water distribution system. Working with your building’s facility manager is highly recommended for this process.

Guidelines: It is important to follow these steps in the order outlined below.

  1. Turn on the cold water inside the building (break room sinks, drinking fountains, utility closets, restrooms, etc.) on each floor.
    • Start from the furthest point away from where water enters the building (For example, for a building with multiple floors, start on the top floor and work your way to the first floor. Remember to run cold water only).
    • The cold water has been successfully flushed when you feel the water temperature go from slightly warm to cold.
  2. Flush hot water storage tanks (boiler and/or hot water tanks per manufacturer’s flushing instructions) to displace stagnant/discolored water with fresh water.
  3. Repeat step 1 using hot water.
    • The hot water has been successfully flushed when you feel the water temperature turn from warm to hot.
  4. Flush and perform preventive maintenance on point of use devices or systems, such as cooling towers, systems providing additional water treatment, etc. per the manufacturer’s recommendations as applicable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also provided comprehensive guidelines for specific industries, such as restaurants.

Return to full list >>
View Full Site