As the Province continues to ease restrictions and more businesses are able to re-open, Peel has launched a webpage peelregion.ca/building-watersystems with information to safely re-open building water systems that have been shut down due to COVID-19.
“Serious problems can happen when water pipes in a building closed down for an extended period of time are not maintained or routinely flushed. Stagnant water in pipes and equipment can cause building plumbing issues and concerns with water quality,” says Justyna Burkiewicz, Manager of Water and Wastewater Regulatory Compliance. “There can be an increased risk for concerns with water appearance such as unpleasant taste and odour, water discoloration, or even health risks such with the growth of disease-causing bacteria and other issues.”
The webpage information provides step-by-step guidance for flushing, cleaning, disinfecting and water testing for both small and large buildings, as well as additional resources and contacts.
Building owners and operators are responsible for maintaining the safe water supply from their property line to and within their building. They are also responsible for protecting the health of those who use their building’s water. The Region is responsible for supplying clean, safe drinking water to each property.