When premises have been vacant for many weeks, water quality can deteriorate. This could include reduced chlorine residual, accumulation of metals (copper, lead, iron, etc.) from piping materials, as well as microbial growth within the plumbing system.
When a business re-opens, it would be recommended to flush all taps to refresh the water that has been stagnant for a long period of time.
- It would be recommended to flush toilets and run water in bathtubs first, as these fixtures do not have any strainers or aerators that would trap small particles that may have accumulated in the stagnant piping.
- Kitchen and bathroom sinks, showers, and washing machines should be flushed last. If water pressure is reduced, or flow is not what it normally had been, aerators and shower heads may need to be cleaned.
Flushing should be performed until the water runs clear and is cold, generally about 5 to 15 minutes.
Businesses that are far from the road (connection to the Town water pipe) or have a significant amount of internal plumbing (e.g., multi-story business units) will take longer to flush.
Town of Bouctouche
David Bourque – Water Operator, Town de Bouctouche, 506-743-4464
Rémi LeBlanc – Director of Public Works, Town of Bouctouche, 506-743-7000; ext. 102