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Business/Building owners advised to thoroughly flush water systems before returning to normal use.
As a result of the pandemic, many City of Lincolnton water customers may have temporarily closed businesses, offices, or churches. Water that is held unused in pipes while buildings are closed becomes stagnant and can produce undesirable tastes or odors when the building is re-opened and water use is returned to normal. In addition, conditions may increase the risk for the growth and spread of waterborne bacteria, such as Legionella or biofilm, in the building piping. Disinfectant in the water, such as chlorine, will likely dissipate or become undetectable.
The Lincolnton Water Department strongly advises that ALL water pipes and water heaters should be flushed thoroughly before re-opening for normal use. Thorough flushing includes operating all sink, tub, shower, toilet, safety equipment such as eyewashes, and may also include fire sprinkler systems. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has very detailed information on reactivating plumbing systems after dormant conditions on its website at this LINK. If a business or building owners need help or have any questions, please call the Lincolnton Water Resources Department 704-736-8970, or via email at RPearson@LincolntonNC.org.
City services continue to operate normally with some modifications to protect city staff, residents & visitors:
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