DEQ urges reopening OK businesses to flush water lines

With much of Oklahoma set to reopen Friday from the coronavirus pandemic, the State Environmental Quality Department is issuing some advice for businesses returning to near normal conditions as possible.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recommends Oklahoma’s businesses closed for prolonged periods of time to flush water lines. As many buildings have had little to no occupancy during the past few weeks, the quality of water in plumbing may have degraded.

DEQ encourages businesses to run hot water at every tap for several minutes then run cold water at every tap for several minutes. Consider draining water heaters followed by running the water at every tap once the hot water heater has refilled. Contact a licensed plumber if unsure of your building’s water quality.

Source: DEQ