Coronavirus and Building Water Safety

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020

Skagit PUD recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic presents challenges for all sectors of the economy, including owners and operators of commercial and institutional buildings.

Building and business closures for weeks or months have reduced water usage, which can potentially lead to stagnant water inside building plumbing. This water can become unsafe to drink or otherwise use for domestic or commercial purposes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released information that building owners, building managers, and businesses can use to minimize water stagnation during extended closures and to address building water quality.

EPA recommends that building owners and managers take proactive steps to protect public health by minimizing water stagnation during closures and taking action to address building water quality prior to reopening. An information guide and checklist to assist interested parties are available at www.epa.gov/coronavirus/information-maintaining-or-restoring-water-quality-buildings-low-or-no-use. 

Additional information about EPA and federal resources to assist in COVID-19 response is available on the main coronavirus webpage at www.epa.gov/coronavirus.