If you’ve had to partially or fully close your business due to COVID- 19, we would like to give you advice on how to ensure that your water is safe for you, your staff and customers ready for when you re-open.

Before you re-open

It is very important that once you re-open, your water systems are not put back straight to use, but flushed and monitored beforehand. We cannot stress this enough.

If you are planning on opening soon, here are some useful tips to help you plan ahead and protect the quality of your water.

If your water system has been left unused for longer, a flushing regime should be carried out with valves in an open position and should be recorded in a maintenance log. There are automatic flushing systems on the market which we can help you with.




Run all taps individually, until the water is cold and looks clear, starting with
the closest to where the water enters the building and work towards the furthest away.



Stored Water

Where water is stored, cisterns should be completely emptied and
re-filled with fresh water from the incoming supply.



Flushing, cleaning and disinfection should be considered for tanks, showers, calorifiers and complex pipework particularly in larger buildings and should be done in line with BS8858. Flush all of your toilets several times before they are used.



Be extra careful when turning on taps, showers and any other sources of water which have been left dormant and unused. These could contain legionella and other bacteria which can cause respiratory diseases and even death in the vulnerable.


Putting strain on aging pipework

As well as health and hygiene, it’s also worth considering that turning your water systems back on too quickly could cause pressure spikes which could put strain on an ageing infrastructure causing bursts and leaks, as well as pushing sediment through pipes into valves, filters and machinery, causing damage. So again, we recommend you turn on your water systems gradually, in order to be able to open up your business smoothly and get back on track.

Here at Bournemouth Water Business, we have all the experience and expertise you’ll need to carry out the tasks above, so you can concentrate on opening your business.

If you need help with any of the above, fill in the form below and our Value Added Services Team will be in touch.