Madison health officials said dangers could lurk in plumbers of closed businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Madison Water Utility and Public Health Madison & Dane County are warning people of the danger of stagnant water in buildings that have been closed for weeks. Officials said water in plumbing systems that have stagnated could be a breeding ground for bacteria and potential pathogens like legionella.
As businesses reopen under Governor Tony Evers’ new Safer at Home ordering guidelines, officials said it is critical that business owners watch their water pipes and make sure their water is safe.
Standing water must be flushed from both the hot and cold water systems of a building in order to obtain fresh, chlorinated water.
Since the governor issued the first Safer at Home order in March, officials have indicated that commercial water use in Madison has decreased by about 40 percent.
for a guide compiled by Public Health Madison & Dane County to help businesses and other buildings reopen safely.