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News Release: June 29, 2020

Peel provides recommendations to safely re-open building water systems that have been shut down due to COVID-19

Brampton, ON (June 29, 2020) As the Province continues to ease restrictions and more businesses are able to re-open, Peel haslaunched a webpage peelregion.ca/building-watersystems with information to safely re-open building water systems that have been shut down due to COVID-19.

"Serious problems can happen when water pipes in a building closed down for an extended period of time are not maintained or routinely flushed. Stagnant water in pipes and equipment can cause building plumbing issues and concerns with water quality,” says Justyna Burkiewicz, Manager of Water and Wastewater Regulatory Compliance. “There can be an increased risk for concerns with water appearance such as unpleasant taste and odour, water discoloration, or even health risks such with the growth of disease-causing bacteria and other issues.”

The webpage information provides step-by-step guidance for flushing, cleaning, disinfecting and water testing for both small and large buildings, as well as additional resources and contacts.

Building owners and operators are responsible for maintaining the safe water supply from their property line to and within their building. They are also responsible for protecting the health of those who use their building’s water. The Region is responsible for supplying clean, safe drinking water to each property.

Media contact

Kieran Scott
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
Tel: 905-791-7800 ext. 4635

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.