Advisory on Flushing Programs for Institutional, Commercial Customers

Due to the prolonged shutdown of school buildings and other facilities, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is advising institutional and commercial customers of mitigation measures to ensure the safety of their water systems amid and following the coronavirus pandemic.

Standing or stagnant water due to building closures increase the potential for the leaching of lead and copper and the spread of Legionella and other bacteria within a building’s plumbing.

Therefore, before schools and other buildings re-open, developing and implementing a flushing plan to flush drinking water pipes and fixtures is recommended.

Please see the guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regarding lead and copper mitigation, and the Water Management Program Toolkit from the CDC to reduce Legionella growth.

Both documents provide resources on developing flushing programs for these respective issues.