• Water Flushing for Reopening Businesses and Schools

    May 12, 2020
    Water Flushing for Reopening Businesses and Schools 
    As Santa Maria businesses and facilities reopen after being closed for several weeks during the COVID-19 crisis, the City’s Utilities Department reminds building owners and operators they should take steps to flush their plumbing to ensure water quality. Stagnant water is a potential health risk. 
    All facilities, schools, and commercial buildings that have been dormant or closed should have their plumbing properly flushed. Flush at full flow, bringing fresh water into the system. Basic tips are: 
    • Faucets: Run at least 5 to 10 minutes (longer in larger buildings).
    • Showers: Run at least 5 to 10 minutes (longer in larger buildings).
    • Toilets: Flush a few times to move fresh water through the plumbing.
    • Other Appliances/Apparatus
      • If appliances use a filter (e.g., refrigerator or ice maker), upon completion of flushing, follow manufacturer’s instructions for replacing water filters.
      • Run at least one empty load in dishwashers.
      • Let water flow through drinking water fountains and kitchen sprayers.
      • Empty ice from the ice maker bin, then run two more batches of ice and discard the additional batches.
    The Utilities Department remains committed to keeping the community informed as City employees deliver clean, safe, and reliable water services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    More information is available online at www.cityofsantamaria.org/coronavirus. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to ensure the safety of building water systems and end-use devices after a prolonged shutdown: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html
    Questions may be directed to the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 7270.