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SLO businesses advised to thoroughly flush water before reopening

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The City of San Luis Obispo advises its businesses to thoroughly flush their water before reopening on Thursday.

The City says due to the shelter at home orders, water quality may have temporary impacts.

The City says though they have upheld safe and reliable water during the pandemic, due to the closures of businesses and the lack of usage, it may have cause water stagnation or growth of microorganisms. 

In their standard treament process, the City adds a small amount of residual chlorine disinfectant to act as a quality safeguard as water travels throughout the community's water distribution system.

The City says if a building or facility experiences extended periods of low or no water use, the residual chlorine diminishes causing water stagnation or growth of microorganisms.

To solve this issue, the City is advising businesses impacted by the temporary closures to thoroughly flush water lines.

The process can be done by turning on all fixtures and letting fresh water run through the system before consumption or delivery to customers.

Businesses can consult with a plumber or someone familiar with your property's water system to help in this process.

For more information on the flushing process, click here.

For more information, call the City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department at 805-781-7215.

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