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You might want to do this before opening up business

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Directors of Hampton Roads’ water utilities and health department officials advise business owners and operators who closed or evacuated buildings due to the coronavirus to thoroughly flush their establishment’s plumbing systems before reopening.

Directors are recommending those practices for schools, daycares, lodging, offices, places of worship, event venues, retail, libraries, museums, restaurants, gyms, health care and other facilities which have remained closed during the shutdown.

When water is not used, the disinfectant in it dissipates over time.

Without chlorinated water flowing through the pipes for an extended period, microorganisms can grow in water pipes, fixtures and tanks, according to a news release from York County.

Prolonged water stagnation also can diminish the normal, protective scale on interior pipe walls. Without the protective scale, metal from the piping may dissolve into the water. During the flushing process, stagnant, existing water is replaced with fresh water, which has been continually treated and monitored by the region’s water utilities throughout the pandemic.

Instructions are available at York County’s Public Works website.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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