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Water Pipe Flushing

As residents return to their homes post-wildfire, it is important to flush all standing water from householder plumbing to refresh stagnant water with clean, disinfected and fresh drinking water.

The following steps are recommended to ensure water is safe for use.

Flushing Procedures

If you are returning to your home, it is recommended that you to flush, clean, and sanitize the following:

  • Water pipes
  • Plumbed appliances
  • Water treatment devices
  • Water storage facilities

Before you use water in your home:

  • Remove all aerator or screen devices from faucets.
  • Run hot and cold water faucets for at least five minutes before you use them.
  • If you live in an apartment or condominium, run all faucets for at least five minutes, until the water is clear and any air in the plumbing has been released.
  • Rinse out any sediment or debris from the aerator or screen devices and put them back on the faucet.
  • Flush, clean, and sanitize appliances with water line connections (e.g., fridges with water and ice dispensers) following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Disinfect water filtration devices following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Run your water softener through a regeneration cycle following manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Replace filters on any tap water filtration devices, and flush the fixture according to the manufacturer’s directions
  • Hot water heaters and hot water heating systems may require that some water be drained to get rid of any sediment.
  • If your hot water heater was set below 45 degrees C, drain and refill the tank.

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For questions, call the PULSE Line.

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