Mankato-As organizations prepare to reopen on June 1 as allowed under Minnesota’s executive orders, it’s recommended to refresh water systems as a result of temporary closures and decreased water usage. Freshwater should be drawn into a building’s water systems and stagnant water flushed out following guidelines from the American Water Works Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Doing so can help prevent stagnant water, which can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, and higher concentrations of lead/copper and possible development of Legionella.

“We encourage businesses to review guidelines and prepare their water systems prior to opening their doors for safety and to benefit the public’s health,” says Kyle Hinrichs, superintendent at Mankato’s Water Treatment Plant.

View a CDC toolkit about developing a water management program. Learn more about Mankato’s water.