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As state, county and local officials begin to prepare to allow for some businesses and facilities to reopen, the Alamogordo Domestic Water System (ADWS) is providing the following recommendation to business owners to take steps to ensure water safety in buildings that have been closed.
If water is not used for a long period of time it becomes stagnant, creating the potential for growth of bacteria and accumulation of sediments in the water. When buildings and homes are vacated for an extended period, the stagnation of water within the plumbing can lead to water quality deterioration that may be associated with public health risks. Under normal occupancy and water use conditions, water flows through these plumbing systems and is kept fresh and healthy, avoiding the harmful effects of stagnant water. As a preventative measure, ADWS encourages that the plumbing in each building be flushed prior to the resumption of operations
The recommended flushing will help to remove potential bacteria, metals, disinfection by-products, and other contaminants that may have developed as a result of low or no use of water. These simple preventive actions will help protect the building occupants from unnecessary exposure to water quality problems that may be unsafe for consumption.
For residential customers, and those businesses that have continued to operate with regular water usage, you can be assured that your water supply is safe and plentiful.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) have additional resources available here: