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With Buildings Preparing to Reopen, It’s Time to Think About Stagnant Water and Health Risks
Building closures during a pandemic reduce water use, leading to stagnant water inside plumbing. This water may be unsafe to drink or unsafe to use for other personal or commercial purposes. CDC and EPA recommend that building managers and owners become informed and take necessary steps to flush the building plumbing before reopening.  Click here for a  printable Building Reopening and Flushing Infographic PDF

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes since they damage wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Dispose of wipes in the trash.   To read the News Release from the EPA click here.

Pandemic Shutdown of Buildings Can Create Water Quality Hazards
Temporary shutdown of buildings results in stagnant water in plumbing systems and devices that increases the risks of mold, Legionella bacteria, and heavy metals. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends ensuring the safety of occupants by adoption of comprehensive building re-opening practices.  Click here to read more on CDC's guidelines.


Well Water and Septic Systems 

Homes don’t come with an owner’s manual, but if you have a private well or septic system, you may wish that they did because you are responsible for maintaining their operations and providing safe drinking water to your family.

Whether you’ve grown up with private drinking water and waste disposal systems, or are new to these devices, there is a lot to learn about maintaining your equipment and ensuring safe drinking water.

The University of Maryland Extension’s Well Water and Septic Homeowner Education Project provides useful information and practical steps to help you maintain your systems, avoid costly repairs or replacements, and most importantly, protect the health and safety of your family.

Click here for an Excel spreadsheet of links Well and Septic Educational Resources related to this site.

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Well Water and Septic Systems
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